The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received a major gift in the form of Leonard Lauder’s collection of Cubist art, considered one of the greatest of its kind still in private hands. The 78 works in the Lauder Collection include 33 paintings by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, and 14 each by Juan Gris and Fernand Léger.
Over 750 images from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation are now available in ARTstor. The collection will eventually include about 7,000 images, with works of art at the Foundation’s five museums (including the flagship museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice), installation views of Guggenheim exhibitions, and architectural views of its world-famous museum buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright in Manhattan and by Frank Gehry in Bilbao, Spain. The strength of the Guggenheim’s collections is in modern art, so copyright restrictions prevent some works from being included in this release (perhaps most notably those of Picasso).
You can read ARTstor’s announcement here.
ARTstor is releasing quite a number of new image collections as 2011 draws to a close. For the complete list of new releases, click here. A few of the most interesting of these recent collections are listed below (you can get additional information by clicking on each link):
- Baltimore Museum of Art (one of this region’s major institutions, most famous for its Cone Collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century modern art)
- QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (more of those fun 3-D “QuickTime Virtual Reality” [QTVR] panoramas from Columbia University; this update includes mainly sites in Japan and Chicago)
- Via Lucis (Medieval religious architecture in France and Spain)
- Museum of the City of New York (a treasure trove of historical views of the city, including photographs by Jacob Riis and Berenice Abbott)