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Palmyra; theatre exterior from south. Date of photograph: 1977. Image and original data provided by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom.

Palmyra; theatre exterior from south. Date of photograph: 1977. Image and original data provided by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom.

Photographs released by the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have confirmed the destruction of the ancient Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria. Until now, the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, contained remarkably well-preserved structures built by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, making it one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. The news of the Temple’s destruction was preceded by the horrifying news that Khaled Asaad, the 83-year-old chief of the city’s antiquities department, was publicly beheaded. While the seemingly endless loss of lives must be our primary concern, the destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin is shocking for its attempt to erase Syria and the region’s rich, multicultural history. The New York Times quoted Irina Bokova, the director general of UNESCO, saying “The art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, is a symbol of the complexity and wealth of the Syrian identity and history. Extremists seek to destroy this diversity and richness, and I call on the international community to stand united against this persistent cultural cleansing.”

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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.

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. (more…)

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Artstor has recently released more than 1,100 photographs of Central Park from the Foundation for Landscape Studies in the Digital Library. We celebrated the occasion by speaking with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, who founded the organization in 2005 and serves as its president.

Ms. Rogers is a pivotal figure in the history of Central Park. She was appointed the Park’s administrator in 1979, charged with overseeing all aspects of daily operations. She was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy in 1980, and she guided the Park’s extraordinary restoration. Rogers led the Conservancy as president until 1996, and she is now a life trustee. Her influence extends far beyond New York City, and she is frequently consulted by groups in other cities and countries desiring to form park conservancies modeled on the one for Central Park.

After stepping down from the presidency of the Central Park Conservancy, Rogers founded the Cityscape Institute. She subsequently created the Garden History and Landscape Studies curriculum at the Bard Graduate Center in 2002. She is the author of several books, including The Forests and Wetlands of New York City (1971), Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan (1987), Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (2001), Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries (2011), and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place (2013).

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Landscape architect: Gertrude Jekyll, and architect: Edwin Lutyens, | Le Bois des Moutiers | Image and original data provided by the Foundation for Landscape Studies | © Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Foundation for Landscape Studies

Landscape architect: Gertrude Jekyll, and architect: Edwin Lutyens, | Le Bois des Moutiers | Image and original data provided by the Foundation for Landscape Studies | © Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Foundation for Landscape Studies

The Artstor Digital Library and the Foundation for Landscape Studies are now sharing more than 1,100 additional images, the large majority of them documenting the renovation of New York City’s Central Park in the 1980s.

This brings the collection’s total in the Digital Library to 8,000 images from around the world. These images provide an overview of landscape studies, encompassing all cultural landscapes, including gardens, parks, cities, suburbs, rural areas, and the humanized wilderness. A subset of the collection consists of engravings from rare books dating from the 16th through early 20th century.

The Foundation for Landscape Studies is a nonprofit with a mission to foster an active understanding of the importance of place in human life. To this end, the foundation initiates collaborative projects with other organizations, institutions, and individuals that promote and advance landscape history and historic landscape design, theory, and practice. (more…)

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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and Bryn Mawr College are collaborating to release nearly 1,000 photographs in the Digital Library by Richard S. Ellis of buildings and archaeological sites in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, Egypt, and Sudan. The images will also be available through the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP).

Richard S. Ellis, Professor Emeritus of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, taught at Bryn Mawr College from 1973 to 2004. He is the author of a book, Foundation Deposits in Ancient Mesopotamia, and numerous articles on the art and archaeology of Mesopotamia and Turkey. He directed the Bryn Mawr College excavations at Gritille on the Euphrates in Turkey, a site which ranged from the Neolithic through Medieval periods.

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Fernando Romero, Soumaya Museum; overview, 2011, Mexico City, Mexico. Image and original data provided by Art on File; artonfile.com

Fernando Romero, Soumaya Museum; overview, 2011, Mexico City, Mexico. Image and original data provided by Art on File; artonfile.com

Artstor Digital Library and Art on File are now sharing more than 1,500 new direct-digital capture photographs of architecture, built environment projects, and landscape architecture in Mexico City.

The focus of this release is on the most recent developments in the architectural evolution of the city, as well as modernist buildings, UNESCO world heritage sites, iconic murals, historic parks, monuments, and colonial edifices.

Sites and locations documented include the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Arditti + RDT Architects; the National Museum of Anthropology, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Jorge Campuzano, and Rafael Mijares; Soumaya Museum, LAR + Fernando Romero; Plaza Juarez Complex, Legorreta + Legorreta Architects; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro Gonzales de Leon; Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez; XXI Century National Film Archive, Rojkind Arquitectos; Arcos Bosques, Teodoro Gonzales de Leon; Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral; Spain’s Cultural Center, Javier Sanchez; and Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, Juan O’Gorman. (more…)

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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and The University of Texas at Austin are collaborating to release more than 900 images in the Digital Library documenting two significant renovation projects of Mexican architectural landmarks: the restoration of Teposcolula’s Open Chapel’s vault, and the restoration of the Templo y Exconvento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Oaxaca.

The Teposcolula Open Chapel is considered one of the best examples of an ‘open chapel’ – a characteristic structure of Mexican Christian architecture. The nearby Santo Domingo church, founded by Dominican friars in the 1570s, is an impressive baroque church and adjoining convent. The expansive site, built up over 200 years, features a series of cloisters and courtyards, and a large sanctuary. Retablo paintings by Spanish master Andrés de la Concha are still visible inside the church. (more…)

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