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St George of the Greeks; Interior apses and vaulting, 14th century. Famagusta (Ammochostos, Gazimagusa), northern Cyprus. Allan Langdale Digital Archive of Cypriot Art and Architecture. © Allan Langdale 2008 .

St George of the Greeks; Interior apses and vaulting, 14th century. Famagusta (Ammochostos, Gazimagusa), northern Cyprus. Allan Langdale Digital Archive of Cypriot Art and Architecture. © Allan Langdale 2008 .

Artstor has collaborated with Allan Langdale to share nearly 3,000 additional images of the historical architecture and landscape of Cyprus and of world art and architecture.

The images capture sites in Cyprus, Albania, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Georgia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Montenegro, and join Langdale’s 3,350 images of architecture and archaeological sites of northern Cyprus previously available in the Digital Library.

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Chinese | Covered Box with Design of Scholar and Attendant in a Landscape, late 16th-early 17th century | Image and original data provided by Saint Louis Art Museum, slam.org/

Chinese | Covered Box with Design of Scholar and Attendant in a Landscape, late 16th-early 17th century | Image and original data provided by Saint Louis Art Museum, slam.org/

More than 800 additional images of works from the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection of world art are now available in the Digital Library.

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saca-logoArtstor Digital Library and San Anto Cultural Arts have made available more than 60 images of murals created as part of the organization’s Community Mural/Public Art Program.

San Anto Cultural Arts (SACA) is a nonprofit learning space that promotes and encourages organic and cultural self-expression in San Antonio, Texas. A small group of community residents established the organization in 1993 in the heart of the city’s Westside community, near the Alazan-Apache Housing Projects.

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Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

The number of free images and video in Shared Shelf Commons, an open-access library of digital media, has now topped 100,000. The files come from institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, Artstor’s Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections.

We invite you to explore the entire resource at sscommons.org, or get started with some of the collections we have previously highlighted on this blog:

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Friday links

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories from around the Web that we’ve been reading this week:

Dodgy Da Vincis

“Kemp also noted that he is sent 12 to 20 supposed ‘Leonardos’ each year.” Inside the murky world of unauthenticated Da Vincis.

The difficulties of abstract art

This cracked us up: The Critic, an Oscar-winning cartoon narrated by Mel Brooks.

Think you know more than Brooks’s critic? Prove it by hanging these abstract paintings in the right orientation. It’s harder than we expected!

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Friday links

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Here are some stories from around the Web that we’ve been reading this week:

What makes a masterpiece?
What makes the Mona Lisa a masterpiece–Is it the mysterious smile? The innovative composition? The chiaroscuro and the sfumato? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s a matter of the “mere-exposure effect” and “cumulative advantage.”

Color test 
Art history majors, could you recognize an artwork by its colors? Take the Tate’s color palette challenge to find out. We didn’t score too well–we guessed all of them were Damien Hirst spot paintings.

Royal doghouse
We love this wonderful collection of 18th-century doghouses, particularly the one stamped with the mark of Marie Antoinette’s royal furniture maker. (You did read our recent post about Marie Antoinette herself, right?)

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Adolph Menzel | General Moltke's Binoculars, ca. 1871 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Adolph Menzel | General Moltke’s Binoculars, ca. 1871 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Ah, the problems of having 1.8 million images to choose from: your keyword search might get you too many results! Not to worry—simply click on the + sign or on Narrow your results in the beige bar above your search results to expand the filter panel and, in most cases, the graphical timeline. You can then filter by classification, geography, and dates.

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How do you browse through 1.6 million images?

Four Easy Tricks to Help You Search the Artstor Digital Library

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