Éduard Manet, The Execution of Maximilian, ca. 1867-8. Photograph: © The National Gallery, London
Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass was the scandal of the year in France when it was exhibited in the 1863 Salon des Refusés, and Olympia was greeted with the same shock and indignation in the Paris Salon of 1865 (a journalist wrote, “If the canvas of the Olympia was not destroyed, it is only because of the precautions that were taken by the administration”). So selling tickets to show a new painting in America that was too controversial for France seemed a surefire way to get attention—and perhaps make a little money.
From 1867 to 1869, Édouard Manet had made some works depicting the execution of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico in 1867. Considering that Maximilian’s empire had collapsed after Napoleon III withdrew his support, it was not prudent to exhibit them in France while Napoleon remained in power.
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Artstor and five collaborating institutions a three-year National Leadership Grant, with an award of $749,418. The funds will be used to support the development of free software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open access through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
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Fortress of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, France, 1150. Built by Bernard Anton Trencavel; fortified by Simon de Montfort; restored by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. Image and original data provided by Shmuel Magal, Sites and Photos; sites-and-photos.com
Yes, of course we’re watching Game of Thrones. The TV series based on a still unfinished (!) series of books by George R. R. Martin brings a new meaning to the word epic.
With more than 40 main cast members and complicated storylines for each, it’s a wonder anyone can keep track of what’s going on. Set in a distant land during the Middle Ages, this show has betrayals, dragons, knights, and a nail-biting struggle for power. It’s so rich with imagery that we were inspired to dive into the Artstor Digital Library to illustrate it.
Cosimo Tura, A Muse (Calliope?), probably 1455-60. Photograph: ©The National Gallery, London
Pisanello, Dead wolf; lying on his right flank, early 15th century, Musée du Louvre. Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, N.Y.
Unknown (Italian), Sallet, 1470-1480. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Unidentified artist, Flying Dragon, 19th century. Image and data from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
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Work: Robert Longo, Portrait of Jeffrey, 1980, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Image: D. James Dee.
Artstor has released more than 550 images from the D. James Dee Archive of contemporary art in the Digital Library. The collection includes images of work by Claes Oldenburg, Robert Gober, Hannah Wilke, Tauba Auerbach, Glenn Ligon, Rudolf Stingel, Sherrie Levine, Andy Warhol, and many others. These photographs were taken for the artists or for the gallery where they were exhibited: Deitch Projects, Paula Cooper Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and DC Moore. Specifically, there are wonderful works on paper by Donald Judd and Brice Marden exhibited at Susan Sheehan Gallery, drawings by Oldenburg and Gober, fashion sketches by Stephen Sprouse shown at Deitch Projects, painted photographs by Duane Michals shown at DC Moore, and paintings by Dan Walsh.
These images, a sampling of digital photographs taken between 2008 and 2013, are the first batch in what will eventually be a collection of more than 100,000 photographs taken by Dee of leading artists’ work from the 1970s until his retirement in 2013. During this time he worked as the “SoHo Photographer,” documenting works for artists and blue chip galleries at a time when the SoHo neighborhood was the center of the New York art world. Continue Reading »
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Renzo Piano Building Workshop, The Art Institute of Chicago: The Modern Wing, 1999-2009. Image provided by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, © Rpbw, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Photograph by Nic Lehoux.
Artstor and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop are now sharing more than 120 additional images of works of architecture designed by Piano and the Workshop in the Digital Library.
The images in this release include two LACMA expansions: the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and The Resnick Pavilion in Los Angeles; the Central Saint Giles Court mixed-use development in London; the Gatehouse and Monastery in Ronchamp, France; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum renovation and expansion in Boston; The Shard (London Bridge Tower) in London; the Auditorium del Parco in L’ Aquila, Italy; MUSE – Museo delle Scienze and the Quartiere delle Albere district in Trento, Italy; the Kimbell Art Museum expansion in Fort Worth, Texas; the Pathé Foundation in Paris; and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. Continue Reading »
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