In the 13th century, southwestern France gave birth to several hundred new planned towns, partly to replace villages destroyed in the Albigensian Crusades and partly to revivify a stagnating economy and tame areas of wilderness¹. Some were designed as fortress communities, while others were laid out as simple agricultural villages. The great majority, however, had a different function. Known as bastides, they were created as market towns with the aim of concentrating the population in secure places for ease of administration while returning a profit to their sponsors. Their founders were the great feudal lords of the region: kings, dukes, counts, and viscounts.
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Posted in Architecture & City Planning, Curriculum Guides, Manuscripts & Manuscript Illuminations, Medieval Art & Architecture in Europe, Paintings, Prehistoric & Ancient Art and Architecture, Sculpture & Installations, Teaching with ARTstor on October 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Artstor is introducing curriculum guides–collections of images from the Artstor Digital Library based on syllabi for college courses–compiled by faculty members and experts around the country. Learn more here.
Survey of Western Art 1: Prehistoric to Gothic
Nancy Minty, Ph.D, Collections Editor, Artstor
This curriculum guide covers a comprehensive introduction to early western art (approximately 30,000 BCE through 1300 CE), presenting the iconic monuments of European and Mediterranean culture, including architecture and the built environment, paintings and sculpture, manuscripts and the decorative arts, as well as archeological sites and materials. The extensive range – both geographic and historic – coupled with a focus on key works, will establish a foundation in art history and a point of departure for further study (assuming this course is followed by its companion – Survey of Western Art 2: Renaissance to Postmodern). Students will learn to interpret works within their cultural contexts, developing both visual acuity and descriptive vocabularies. Readings will center on the standard texts with a sampling of specialist articles.
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.
Through a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, Artstor will share nearly 7,000 additional images of works in the permanent collections of French national and regional museums in the Digital Library. This will bring the total of RMN images in the Digital Library to more than 14,000. The images will be selected from the archives of the Agence photographique de la RMN, which include the collections of 28 museums, including the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou.
Posted in African Art, Anthropology, Asian Art, Collections, Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Des, Drawings and Watercolors, Islamic Art, Manuscripts & Manuscript Illuminations, Medieval Art & Architecture in Europe, Modern & Contemporary Art, Museums, Paintings, Photographs, Prehistoric & Ancient Art and Architecture, Release, Renaissance, Baroque Art & Architecture in Europe on August 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Collections, Manuscripts & Manuscript Illuminations, Medieval Art & Architecture in Europe, Modern & Contemporary Art, Release, Renaissance, Baroque Art & Architecture in Europe, Sculpture & Installations on May 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
ARTstor has collaborated with Lukas – Art in Flanders to share 4,440 images of art from more than 30 important Flemish museums and cultural institutions, including: The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Groeningemuseum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Foundation Terninck Antwerp, the City Archive of Bruges, and the Bruges Public Library.
The Lukas collection in the Digital Library features works from a variety of periods ranging from the 8th century to the 20th century and media including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and illustrations. Major artists include Hans Memling, Jan Provoost, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, Frans Hals, and James Ensor. The collection also includes new photography of The Ghent Altarpiece of 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, painted for the St. Bavo Cathedral of Ghent. Additionally, all of the metadata records in the Digital Library will be made available in English, French, and Dutch. (more…)
ARTstor and Sarah N. James have collaborated to release more than 1,500 additional images of Italian and English art and architecture to the Digital Library. This brings the collection total to 2,137 images.
James’ collection focuses primarily on England, including cathedrals and parish churches from the Norman Romanesque period; ecclesiastical buildings in the early English, decorated, and perpendicular styles; medieval secular architecture including castles, marketplaces, and town halls; perpendicular gothic collegiate buildings; and Tudor, Elizabethan, baroque, and neoclassical country houses and churches. Photographed in situ during James’ travels throughout Europe, the images provide contextual views of sculpture and architecture from various angles.