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Albert Winslow Barker, Girl with basket, 1910 or 1916. Bryn Mawr College: Albert Winslow Barker Collection

Albert Winslow Barker, Girl with basket, 1910 or 1916. Bryn Mawr College: Albert Winslow Barker Collection

Bryn Mawr College’s Albert Winslow Barker Collection in Shared Shelf Commons brings back to light the work of an unfairly neglected American lithographer of the 1930s and uncovers his little-known photographs. And there is much to admire.

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Carter Medicine Company | Carter's Little Nerve Pills | 19th century | Cornell: Oskar Diethelm Library for the History of Psychiatry

Carter Medicine Company | Carter’s Little Nerve Pills | 19th century | Cornell: Oskar Diethelm Library for the History of Psychiatry

At the beginning of the nineteenth century the prevailing medical belief that “the more dangerous the disease, the more painful the remedy” meant that bloodletting, purging, and blistering were often prescribed. Not surprisingly, this led to the development of a market in patent medicines promising painless cure-alls. Manufacturers used advertising cards to promote a world of pleasant medical fixes with friendly graphics and reassuring claims and testimonials. The ingredients in these patent medicines might have been as harmful as the illness, but they were more tempting than the agonizing solutions offered by doctors.

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Albrecht Dürer |"Das Rhinocerus" | 1515 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; smb.museum

Albrecht Dürer |”Das Rhinocerus” | 1515 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; smb.museum

Albrecht Dürer created his famous woodcut of a rhinoceros in 1515 based on a written description and an anonymous sketch of an Indian rhino that had arrived in Lisbon earlier that year. The animal was intended as a gift for Pope Leo X from the king of Portugal, but it never reached its destination, perishing in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy.

Dürer’s image is less than accurate, depicting an animal covered with an armor of hard plates, scales on its feet, and a small spiral horn on its back. This is not exactly surprising, considering the artist never saw the actual specimen. What is surprising is that his depiction served as a scientific reference for centuries, despite the existence of a similar but more accurate print by Hans Burgkmair, also from 1515. The similarities between the two images suggest that Burgkmair may have also based his woodcut on the same anonymous sketch.

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Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.  Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; bpkgate.picturemaxx.com

Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; bpkgate.picturemaxx.com

In collaboration with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Image Archive (Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz), Artstor now makes available more than 21,000 images of key works from the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) in the Digital Library. This collection includes vases and sculptures from the 6th to 4th century BC, Etruscan art, Byzantine art, the friezes and reconstruction of the west front of the Pergamon Altar, as well as masterpieces from such canonical artists as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hieronymus Bosch, Käthe Kollwitz, Lovis Corinth, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grünewald, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt, among many others.

At the time of the agreement, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, then President of the Prussian Cultural Properties Foundation, commented, “The Berlin State Museums have always been exceptionally significant places for scientific research and collection building. The modern possibilities of digital technology expand greatly on this potential and allow us not only to present these treasures, but also to link this effort with other important organizations, such as Artstor, to a degree previously unimaginable.” (more…)

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Joan Miró | Untitled | 1956 | Dickinson College: The Trout Gallery | © 2012 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Joan Miró | Untitled | 1956 | Dickinson College: The Trout Gallery | © 2012 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Artstor has collaborated with The Trout Gallery, the art museum at Dickinson College, to share more than 8,000 images of works in its permanent collection in the Digital Library.

The museum houses the college’s collection of art and anthropological artifacts, which spans ancient through contemporary periods. The collection comprises thousands of objects, with particular strengths in American and European prints from the 19th through 20th centuries, as well as photography, West African sculpture, Asian art, and Native American and Oceanic objects. (more…)

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William M. Vander Weyde | Ice Skating | ca. 1900 | George Eastman House

William M. Vander Weyde | Ice Skating | ca. 1900 | George Eastman House

It’s snowing today in New York City and crowds are lining up to skate at the legendary ice rink at Rockefeller Center, with its sparkling light displays and famous holiday tree. If I visit this year, it’ll be as a spectator only, since I’ve never ice skated in my life. Sad, I know, but I have a good excuse—I grew up in extremely warm areas of Mexico and Texas, so I didn’t have many opportunities to learn. But that doesn’t stop me from admiring skaters. I love their graceful gliding, and enjoy seeing the camaraderie that spontaneously develops when groups of people converge on the ice. Evidently I’m not alone, judging from the many depictions of skating groups in the Artstor Digital Library.

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Left: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night | 1889. Right: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: The Ferocity of Tametomo Driving Away the Smallpox Demons | 1890.  Scripps College: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery

Left: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night | 1889. Right: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: The Ferocity of Tametomo Driving Away the Smallpox Demons | 1890. Scripps College: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery | Contact information: Kirk Delman, Registrar, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, Tel: 909-607-3397, Fax: 909-607-4691, kdelman@scrippscollege.edu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” the main genre of Japanese woodblock printing (and a major source of inspiration for many modernist artists from Europe).

In his last series, New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts, the artist depicts a variety of spirits and magic animals from Japanese folk tales and history. As opposed to the morbidly graphic work that originally brought him fame, horror is mostly suggested in these works. Can you spot the subtle supernatural event in the print below?

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Katsushika Hokusai | Drum Bridge at Tenjin Shrine, No. 7 from series Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Provinces | Smith College Museum of Art

Katsushika Hokusai | Drum Bridge at Tenjin Shrine, No. 7 from series Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Provinces | Smith College Museum of Art

ARTstor has collaborated with the Smith College Museum of Art to share an additional 4,900 images from the museum’s permanent collection, bringing the total to more than 8,000 images in the Digital Library. The Smith College Museum of Art has one of the nation’s finest teaching collections with approximately 22,000 objects. Encyclopedic in scope, the permanent collection has strengths in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as holdings in Asian, African, and Latin American art and Classical antiquities. Of particular note is the depth and quality of the museum’s collections of prints, drawings, and photographs, more than 17,000 of which are housed at the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

The Smith College Museum of Art was founded with the Smith College in 1875. In 2003, the Brown Fine Arts Center — a complex housing the museum, as well as Smith College’s Department of Art and Hillyer Art Library — was renovated and expanded by Polshek Partnership. The Atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center is decorated with a 43-foot long mural by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, “Nature and the Artist: The Work of Art and the Observer,” which was originally commissioned by the college in 1943.

View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/smith

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Smith College Museum of Art page.

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Master of the Cologne Bible | The Plague of Grasshoppers; 1479 | Ackland Art Museum (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Master of the Cologne Bible | The Plague of Grasshoppers; 1479 | Ackland Art Museum (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

ARTstor and the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have collaborated to share approximately 2,500 images from the Museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library.

The first release of a projected total 16,000 images includes works by such varied artists as Thomas Hart Benton, William Blake, Pierre Bonnard, Lucas Cranach, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya, Hans Holbein, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Käthe Kollwitz, Aristide Maillol, Reginald Marsh, Henri Matisse, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Georges Rouault, Salvator Rosa, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Grant Wood, and James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

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Jingfan Wang | Working process 3 - Printing 14, 2010 | © Jingfan Wang, photograph by Zhuqing Ji

Jingfan Wang | Working process 3 – Printing 14, 2010 | © Jingfan Wang, photograph by Zhuqing Ji

ARTstor Digital Library and Jingfan Wang have collaborated to share 80 images of traditional Chinese copying, typesetting, and printing techniques.

The collection, photographed by Zhuquing Ji, offers a glimpse of an expert craftsman at work in the studio.

 

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