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Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing

Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing. Image and original data provided by ART on FILE, http://www.artonfile.com

More than at any other time in history, images dominate our lives. Instructors need the resources to teach students how to find visual media, interpret its meaning, evaluate its sources, use it effectively, and explain the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding its creation and use.

Join Artstor’s User Services team and your fellow instructors on Twitter to share your experiences, successes, and challenges—and your questions—on teaching Visual Literacy.

Among the questions up for discussion will be:

  • What place does visual literacy have in your curriculum?
  • Which departments teach it?
  • What resources do you use?

Follow and participate with @ArtstorHelp on Tuesday, February 9, 1-2 PM EST (10-11 AM PST) using the hashtag #artstorchat

Frida Kahlo is world-famous for her self-portraits, which were a big part of her relatively small oeuvre (55 out of 144 paintings), while her husband Diego Rivera, despite producing much more work than Kahlo, only painted himself approximately 20 times. Why is that?

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Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885. Image © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885. Image © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Artstor and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) are making available approximately 1,200 images from the Museum’s permanent collection in the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program.  The IAP program provides high-quality image files to scholars for academic publications at no charge. For more information, visit artstor.org/iap.

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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:

  • From Cezanne to Rembrandt, paintings by famous artists all too often have names that don’t really match the work. How does this happen? (You might remember that we touched on that topic on our post about Botticelli’s Primavera.)
  • The Louvre is about to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s St. John the Baptist. How do you clean a masterpiece, anyway? Very carefully.
  • Piet is a programming language in which the programs are abstract pictures. To be honest we’re not sure what that means, but we like it anyway.
  • So you want to photograph the incorrupt, a group of saints whose bodies supposedly won’t decompose. A word of warning: it’s complicated.

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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. Continue Reading »

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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:

Tim Dirven; Two boys ride a bike at the ruins of Palmyra; 2008; Palmyra, Syria. © Tim Dirven / Panos Pictures

Tim Dirven; Two boys ride a bike at the ruins of Palmyra; 2008; Palmyra, Syria. © Tim Dirven / Panos Pictures

Panos Pictures and Artstor have collaborated to share more than 1,000 additional photographs of contemporary global affairs in the Digital Library, bringing the total to more than 32,000 images in Artstor.

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