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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 Fowler Museum are now sharing more than 1,400 additional images of objects from the museum’s Andean ceramics collection in the Digital Library, bringing the total to more than 5,300 images.

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Francis Newton Souza, Untitled, 1963. © Estate of F.N. Souza © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS

Francis Newton Souza, Untitled, 1963. © Estate of F.N. Souza © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS

Artstor and the Francis Newton Souza Estate have released approximately 900 images of the celebrated Indian painter’s artwork in the Artstor Digital Library.

Born in Saligoa, Goa, India in 1924, Francis Newton Souza became the first of India’s post-Independence modern painters to achieve high recognition in the West. His works can be found in major museum collections around the world, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, the Wakefield Art Gallery, the Haifa Museum in Israel, the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas, the National Gallery of Modern Art in India, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, and the Glenbarra Museum in Japan. According to Indian art historian Yashodhara Dalmia, “At the heart of Souza’s creativity was the belief that society’s destructive aspects shouldn’t be suppressed, they should be aired and confronted.”

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unknown (Moche), Vessel (left view), 100-800 C.E., Peru, north coast. Fowler Museum (University of California, Los Angeles)

Unknown (Moche), Vessel (left view), 100-800 C.E., Peru, north coast. Fowler Museum (University of California, Los Angeles)

Artstor and the Fowler Museum at UCLA are now making nearly 3,200 images of Andean ceramics collection available in the Digital Library.

The Fowler Museum’s collections include more than 120,000 art and ethnographic objects and approximately 600,000 archaeological objects from ancient, traditional, and contemporary cultures around the world.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA was established in 1963 to consolidate the collections of non-Western art and artifacts dispersed throughout the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. As one of the top university museums in the United States, the Fowler initiates research projects, fieldwork, publications, exhibitions, and public programming to enhance the understanding and appreciation of global arts cultures.

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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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Claude Monet, Water Lilies,  1919. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1919. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

After the coldest recorded February in New York City since 1934, spring has finally sprung, and we could not be more relieved.

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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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