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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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.
Posted in Collections, Drawings and Watercolors, Museums, Paintings, Prints, Release, Sculpture & Installations, tagged Berlin State Museums, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin on January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment »
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…)
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…)
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?
Posted in African Art, American Art, Asian Art, Collections, Drawings and Watercolors, Museums, Photographs, Prints, Release, tagged Smith College, Smith College Museum on July 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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.
- Cornell Fine Arts Museum Collection (Rollins College);
- Davis Museum and Cultural Center Collection (Wellesley College);
- Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin);
- Williams College Museum of Art Collection;
- Yale University Art Gallery.
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.
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.
- Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery (Scripps College)
- Saint Louis Art Museum; Asian Art Photographic Distribution (University of Michigan)
- Asian Art Collection (Connecticut College)
- Wriston Art Center Galleries (Lawrence University)