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.
UD’s VisualCat (LUNA) collections were officially retired on June 30, 2013. All of the VRC’s images that were formerly in VisualCat are now available exclusively in our Shared Shelf collection in ARTstor. You can find more details about ARTstor, Shared Shelf, and the former VisualCat in my earlier post.
UD’s local image collection, VisualCat (also known as LUNA), is being retired on June 30, 2013, and ARTstor’s Shared Shelf will be replacing it.
Shared Shelf allows us to integrate our local images seamlessly within ARTstor. You can see a list of UD’s Shared Shelf Collections — including UD Art History: Visual Resources Collection – at the bottom center of ARTstor’s search page. Searching for Shared Shelf images is just like searching for anything else in ARTstor.
The VRC has been migrating its digital image collection from VisualCat to Shared Shelf since February, and we expect to complete the process during the month of July. The vast majority of our images are already available in ARTstor, but a relatively small number of images (about 2,750) will not yet have migrated by June 30, and therefore will be inaccessible for the first few weeks of July. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please feel free to contact me at any time for assistance during this transition.
Peter Paul Rubens, Angel, 1610-1611, Flint Institute of Arts
ARTstor has released over 50,000 new images during the month of May, including:
Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes (1932-1933) are a highlight of the Detroit Institute of Arts
There have been some noteworthy stories in the museum world recently: