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Jean Lurcat Celui qui aime ecrit sur les murs [One who loves writes on the walls], ca. 1924. © Smithsonian Institution, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Jean Lurcat Celui qui aime ecrit sur les murs [One who loves writes on the walls], ca. 1924. © Smithsonian Institution, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Artstor and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum have just released more than 8,200 images from the permanent collection in the Digital Library.

The Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. (more…)

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Artstor and the Menil Foundation are collaborating to make available approximately 200 images of highlights from the Menil Collection.

The Menil Collection opened to the public in June 1987 to house, exhibit, and preserve the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Assembled over the course of many decades by the Houston philanthropists, the collection is recognized not only for its quality and depth but also for its distinctive presentation and eclecticism. An actively collecting institution, the Menil Collection contains diverse holdings representing many world cultures and thousands of years of human creativity, from prehistoric times to the present. Today, the collection comprises over 16,000 objects.

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Albrecht Dürer, Hare (A Young Hare), 1502, Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Image and original data: Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Albrecht Dürer, Hare (A Young Hare), 1502, Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Image and original data: Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Easter is around the corner, and with it comes the inevitable barrage of images of the Easter bunny. The strange thing is that the only mentions of rabbits in the Bible are prohibitions against eating them in the Old Testament. So what gives?

The underlying idea is that rabbits are connected to the idea of rebirth—not only do they reproduce prodigiously, at one time they were believed to reproduce asexually. The connection of rabbits to rebirth also occurs in non-Christian societies: The Rabbit in the Moon (instead of our Man in the Moon) is a familiar symbol in Asia, and was part of Aztec legend, tying the idea of rabbits to a “rebirth” every night. But other qualities of rabbits and hares also get highlighted in folklore, including their mischievous side, playing the role of cunning tricksters in Native American and Central African mythologies. (more…)

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Jamini Roy, Queen on Horseback. University of Florida: Harn Museum of Art

Jamini Roy, Queen on Horseback. University of Florida: Harn Museum of Art

Artstor and the University of Florida are now sharing more than 700 images from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in the Digital Library.

The images are a selection of artworks representing the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art’s five core collecting areas: African art, Asian art, modern art, contemporary art, and photography, as well as its holdings of Ancient American art, Oceanic art, and Prints and Drawings before 1850.

As an integral part of the University of Florida, the museum advances teaching and research and serves as a catalyst for creative engagement between the university and diverse local, state, national and international audiences. (more…)

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Katsushika Hokusai, Soccer, early 19th century, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin State Museums. Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz bpkgate.picturemaxx.com

Katsushika Hokusai, Soccer, early 19th century, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin State Museums. Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
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By all accounts, Americans are becoming enthusiastic about soccer in unprecedented numbers. Rumor even has it that a handful of Artstor employees may have sneaked into a conference room yesterday to watch the US team confront Germany (though, when asked about the story, everyone seemed too busy with work to comment).

Of course, the game has long been popular around the world, as you can see from this slideshow of images ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, and from countries including Italy, France, Japan, Ghana, and yes, the United States.

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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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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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