The Barnes Foundation has joined a growing list of museums and other institutions that are designating their public domain images as Open Access. As always, this applies only to artworks not still protected by copyright, so most 20th-century artists (most notably Matisse, in the case of the Barnes) are excluded. But images of works by many earlier artists (such as Renoir and Cézanne) in the Barnes’ collection are now free for unrestricted use.
Just in time for the holidays, Artstor has released a number of new and expanded collections in the Artstor Digital Library:
- Modern and contemporary art in the National Gallery of Art, Washington
- Additional images of works in French museums from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux
- Additional fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons from Condé Nast
- The permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, particularly its Northwest Coast and other Native American art
- Works by modern Indian artist Francis Newton Souza
Several new collections have been added to the Artstor Digital Library this semester, and a number of existing collections have also been enlarged. These new additions include:
- Over 700 images of works in the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
- Nearly 1,000 images of works from the collection of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC
- The art of Mexico–and especially of the Mexican muralists–in over 2,000 photographs by Bob Schalkwijk
- 20 images of works by contemporary artist Howardena Pindell
- Additional images of contemporary Asian art from the Asia Art Archive
- Contemporary architecture in Mexico City: additional images from Art on File
- Additional images of modern and contemporary art in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Twenty-five years ago today, two thieves stole thirteen works of art–together valued at around half a billion dollars–from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It was the largest property crime ever in this country, and one of the most famous art thefts of all time. The stolen items have never been returned. The Gardner is still offering a $5,000,000 reward for their recovery.
Among the works lost were five drawings by Degas, a painting by Manet, three Rembrandts, and one of only about three dozen Vermeers in existence.
The Gardner is commemorating this milestone with a slideshow on its website, where you can learn more about these works and the events of March 18, 1990.
ARTstor has released a number of important new image collections recently. These include the following:
- The Courtauld Gallery (one of London’s most renowned small museums; it’s the home to Édouard Manet’s famous A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and other masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting)
- IAP images from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (the Walters has long contributed to ARTstor, but now it is making available high-resolution images of its works suitable for publication as part of the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program)
- Additional images from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (over 1000 new images from the museum, some of which are also part of the IAP program)
For a more complete list of recent collection releases in ARTstor, click here.
ARTstor has just released the first 4000 of a projected 12,000 images from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN), the premier photo agency for works of art in French museums. Along with the collections of major Parisian institutions like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, the RMN’s holdings also include works in many of France’s palaces and regional museums. The addition of RMN images instantly boosts the strength of ARTstor’s collections of both French art in general and non-French art housed in French museums. This is easily one of the most significant ARTstor releases in recent years.
You can read more about the RMN collection in ARTstor here.