Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara, 1857, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The 140-year history of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC appears to be coming to an end (at least, its history as an independent institution). According to a plan announced this week, the National Gallery of Art will assume responsibility for its renowned art collection and George Washington University will take over its art school and landmark building. Many of the Corcoran’s treasures will become part of the National Gallery of Art’s own collection, while the rest of its 17,000 objects will be dispersed to other museums. Long an institution with serious financial troubles, the Corcoran had previously been considering a merger with the University of Maryland.
You can read more about the Corcoran’s future here.
The Wellcome Library of the Wellcome Collection in London has made available over 100,000 free images through Wellcome Images. These images are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, so you can feel free to use them for any purpose, as long as you credit their source (“Wellcome Library, London”).
Primarily a museum devoted to the history of medicine, the Wellcome Collection’s holdings include artworks by Rowlandson, Gillray, Cruikshank, Goya, Van Gogh, and Muybridge, among others. You can read more about Wellcome Images here.
Neo-Babylonian, Ishtar Gate, 604-562 BCE, Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin
Here is a year-end roundup of some of the notable recent additions to the ARTstor Digital Library:
Also, images from the University of Delaware Library are now featured in the Digital Public Library of America (DLPA).
Susan Davi and I will be offering an introductory workshop on ARTstor on Tuesday, November 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in 116A Morris Library. We will offer training and tips on how to find and download images, create image groups, and use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for classroom presentations. We will also discuss Shared Shelf, the new partnership between the University of Delaware and ARTstor to unite our digital image collections in one convenient and easy-to-use website.
All are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please click here to register for the workshop.
ARTstor has announced a new feature: Image Group Download. This allows you to download groups of up to 150 images at once, rather than one image at a time. It’s similar to ARTstor’s Export Image Group to Powerpoint feature, only this way the downloaded images don’t automatically go into a Powerpoint file. This can be a real timesaver, and it gives you more flexibility in how you use your images once they’re on your desktop. Note that you may use this new feature to download no more than 2000 images every 120 days.
ARTstor has posted a brief video here to get you started.
Jack Ziegler, “Damn it, man, do I look like I have any yellow ochre?” (Jack Ziegler/The New Yorker Collection)
Although it has not yet been officially announced, you will now find nearly 5000 images from Condé Nast publications available in ARTstor. This includes, perhaps most significantly, cartoons from The New Yorker (left) and fashion photography from magazines such as Vogue and Glamour.
You can read ARTstor’s original announcement of the Condé Nast collection here.
UPDATE, October 10, 2013: ARTstor has now posted its official announcement of the Condé Nast collection.
Diego Velázquez, The Toilet of Venus (“The Rokeby Venus”), 1647-1651, National Gallery, London
In one of its most significant additions in recent years, ARTstor has just released images of every painting in the collection of the National Gallery, London. With works ranging from the 13th to the early 20th century, the National Gallery has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of European painting. Among the more than 2300 images from the National Gallery now available in ARTstor are such masterpieces as Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus (left), Gainsborough’s Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, and Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières.
You can read more about the National Gallery’s collection in ARTstor here.
With the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Visual Resources Collection officially becomes the Visual Resources Center. Our new name is meant to better reflect the wide range of activities we now undertake in a completely digital environment.
But even with this change, the task of building our online image collections will remain the cornerstone of what we do. And of course we will still be, in every sense, the “VRC.”
Greek, Victorious Youth, 300-100 BCE, Getty Villa, Malibu (Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program)
This week the J. Paul Getty Museum joins a growing list of institutions that have decided to remove all restrictions to the use of images of art works in their collections. The Getty’s Open Content Program was announced on Monday, making available an initial group of nearly 4,700 high-resolution digital images of objects from its locations in Los Angeles and Malibu, California. More images, including ones from the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute, will eventually also be added.
You can browse all Open Content images here, or search for particular works on the Getty’s website. A download button will appear under the thumbnail of any images that are part of the Program. You will be asked to provide some very generic information about who you are and what you’ll be using the image for (more specific information is required if you plan to publish it). But aside from that, you are generally free to use the image for any purpose, as long as you simply credit the Getty as the source of the image, as in the caption at left. And all of these images are made available free of charge. You can read more about the Getty’s Open Content Program at the following links:
The J. Paul Getty Museum holds outstanding collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, Medieval manuscripts, European paintings and drawings, decorative arts, and photographs.
Note: Please do not confuse the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Open Content images with Getty Images, a for-profit stock photo company with no connection to the Museum or any other part of the Getty Trust.