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Pueblo | Pottery water bottle | Santa Fe, New Mexico | Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University); peabody.harvard.edu

Pueblo | Pottery water bottle | Santa Fe, New Mexico | Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University); peabody.harvard.edu

Artstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University to share 24,000 additional images of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, Oceanic, Asian, and European objects. This brings the current available total to more than 52,000 of a projected 154,000 images from the Museum’s collection.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University is the oldest museum devoted to anthropology in the United States and holds a permanent collection of millions of objects documenting the history of human culture throughout the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia, and Europe. The museum’s archaeological holdings comprise the majority of the permanent collection, with particular strengths in North, Central, and South America. Though smaller in number, the ethnographic collections have established the museum’s reputation as a preeminent repository of anthropological objects relating to Native American, Pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, and Asian cultural groups. There are also extensive archival collections, which document the museum’s collections and history, as well as the development anthropology as an academic discipline. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection of archaeological objects, ethnographic artifacts, and archival materials will be added to the Artstor Digital Library for scholarly and educational uses. (more…)

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artstor_logo_rgb2ARTstor has reached an agreement with the Seattle Art Museum to make available an additional 1,000 images of world art from the museum’s permanent collection.

The new images will join the more than 2,700 images of highlights from the permanent collection currently available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The museum is renowned for its collection of Asian art, including works from Japan, China, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Also notable are its holdings in African, American, European, modern and contemporary, Native and Meso-American, and Oceanic and Aboriginal art.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit ARTstor’s Seattle Art Museum collection page.

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Navajo | Pin, round silver base set with 52 turquoise stones in 3 rows around a center stone | Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

ARTstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University to share nearly 25,000 additional images of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, and Oceanic objects. This brings the current available total to more than 28,000 of a projected 154,000 images from the Museum’s collection. (more…)

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The ARTstor staff is hurrying to wrap up projects before the long Thanksgiving weekend that starts this Thursday. The holiday is officially celebrated in the United States every year on the fourth Thursday of November.

Making Medicine | Making Medicine drawing of mounted hunters pursuing a deer, having flushed a turkey and chicks from cover, 1875 | National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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Preah Khan; Exterior, ca. 12th century. Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Photographer: John Stubbs/World Monuments Fund

ARTstor Digital Library has released nearly 1,000 images of important architecture, cultural heritage sites, and monuments from the World Monuments Fund (WMF). Among the sites currently available in the Digital Library are Easter Island (Chile), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London, England), Pompeii (Italy), Babylon (Iraq), Maya Sites of the Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan, Mexico), Imperial Buddhist Convents (Nara and Kyoto, Japan), Brancusi Ensemble (Târgu-Jiu, Romania), Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey), and Ellis Island (New York and New Jersey, United States)

World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places. Since 1965, in more than 90 countries, WMF experts have applied proven techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, the organization inspires an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. Every two years WMF publishes the World Monuments Watch, drawing international attention to cultural heritage sites around the world threatened by neglect, vandalism, armed conflict, commercial development, natural disasters, and climate change. Through the World Monuments Watch, WMF fosters community support for the protection of endangered sites, and attracts technical and financial support for the sites. The collection in ARTstor consists of images documenting various Watch List sites and monuments, with a particular focus on art and architecture.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the World Monuments Fund collection webpage.

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ARTstor has collaborated with the Barnes Foundation to share more than 400 images of works from the permanent collection in the Digital Library. The current release features 59 works by Henri Matisse, as well as other works in the permanent collection, including European and American paintings, works on paper, and objects.

Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906 | Detail, The Allée at Marines (L'allée de Marines), 1898 | The Barnes Foundation | Image © 2010 The Barnes Foundation. All Rights Reserved.
Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906 | The Allée at Marines (L’allée de Marines), 1898 | The Barnes Foundation | Image © 2010 The Barnes Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

The Barnes Foundation juxtaposes these objects from different cultures, time periods, and media in displays arranged by its founder, Alfred C. Barnes (1872 – 1951). In 1922, Barnes established the foundation “to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.” Having amassed a fortune by developing a new antiseptic silver compound, Argyrol, Barnes commissioned the noted French architect Paul Philippe Cret to design a gallery to house the impressive personal collection of art he had acquired. Today, the Barnes Foundation maintains an art gallery in Merion, PA and also administers educational programs for art and horticulture, a 12-acre arboretum, and Ker-Feal, an 18th-century farmhouse in Chester, PA that displays furniture and other decorative arts. In 2009, the Barnes Foundation announced plans to construct a new facility in downtown Philadelphia, PA that will replicate the installation of the collection in the original galleries in Merion, PA. The new complex, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and scheduled for completion in 2012, will include additional space for art education programs, special exhibitions, and art conservation.

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the most renowned collections of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern art, including masterworks by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat, and Chaim Soutine. Also well-represented are American paintings and works on paper, including works by Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Charles Prendergast, and Maurice Prendergast. The wide-ranging permanent collection is further enriched by examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; Asian paintings, prints, and sculpture; medieval manuscripts and sculpture; Old Master European paintings; ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; and American and European decorative arts and metalwork.

To view The Barnes Foundation collection; go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Barnes Foundation”; or, if you are at your institution or have an ARTstor account, simply follow this link: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/barnes

For more detailed information about this collection, visit The Barnes Foundation collection page.

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ARTstor has collaborated with the Seattle Art Museum to make available more than 2,700 high-quality images of world art from the museum’s permanent collection. The Seattle Art Museum is renowned for its collection of Asian art, including works from Japan, China, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Also notable are its holdings in African, American, European, modern and contemporary, Native and Meso-American, and Oceanic and Aboriginal art. The collection in ARTstor features highlights from the permanent collection of nearly 25,000 objects from a wide range of cultures and time periods. In addition, the museum has shared more than 30 outstanding European paintings, which were donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1961, through The Samuel H. Kress Collection in the Digital Library.

To view the Seattle Art Museum collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Seattle Art Museum;” or, if you are at your institution or have an ARTstor account, simply follow this link:http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/seattle.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Seattle Art Museum collection page.

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Approximately 2,200 additional images from Canyonlights World Art Image Bank are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. These images focus on archeological sites and architectural monuments in the Mediterranean, Great Britain, and the United States from the archive of original photography by Dr. Susan Silberberg-Peirce. With this final release, the Canyonlights collection in ARTstor now totals more than 6,200 images, including Megalithic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine sites in France, Greece, Italy, and Malta, Turkey; Megalithic and Medieval sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and Prehistoric and Native American sites in the Southwestern United States.

To view this collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click on “Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Canyonlights World Art Image Bank);” or search the keyword: canyonlights.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Canyonlights World Art Image Bank) collection page.

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ARTstor and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University are collaborating to make available 154,000 images in the Digital Library from the museum’s permanent collection. These images will include superb coverage of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, and Oceanic archaeological objects and ethnographic artifacts. The images will be selected from the Peabody Museum’s permanent collection, which consists of millions of objects spanning the breadth of human culture throughout the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia, and Europe.

Through an ongoing partnership, ARTstor and the Peabody Museum are also digitizing and distributing approximately 55,000 archival photographs of Mayan excavations from the Carnegie Institution of Washington archive, which is housed at the museum. To date, approximately 37,000 photographs documenting archaeological excavations throughout Central America have already been released in the Digital Library.

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ARTstor’s “Native American Art and Culture” collection has two components. The first, made available to ARTstor users some months ago, consists of more than 10,000 high resolution images made from historic photographs richly documenting Native American subjects (portraits, scenes, etc.). These digital images have been made from glass plate negatives collected by or produced under the auspices of the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) beginning in the late 19th century.

The second component of this collection, just now made available to ARTstor users, consists of high resolution images of ca. 2,000 Plains Indian ledger drawings. Plains Indian ledger drawings, mostly produced in the middle to late decades of the 19th century, represent an important indigenous artistic tradition of great and increasing interest to art historians and other scholars. These drawings on paper, often done on the pages of ruled ledger books acquired through trade, continue a long tradition of painting on buffalo hides and other available media.

These two archives are among the most heavily used resources in the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives. This digital version should be invaluable to art historians, anthropologists, cultural historians, and indeed to all scholars, curators, teachers and students who deal with American and Native American art, history and culture, as well as to scholars engaged with the study of cross-cultural encounters.

To locate these images, on the ARTstor “welcome page” just select the Native American Art and Culture from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution collection; then either use the browsing structure (arranged by tribal group) or simply search the keyword phrase ledger drawing. Or search the latter phrase from any search screen in ARTstor to find these and related images.

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