Websites of interest

Three postings of interest from The Scout Report dated 27 February 2009 (http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/):

Creative Metalworking
http://www.artenero.com.au/
Working with metals has engaged the talents of humans for thousands of years, and the Creative Metalworking site is great way for those with an interest in such matters to learn more about it. The primary function of the site is “to document the processes used to create cast and fabricated art/design works”, and the site is maintained by Robert Moule. Visitor can click on the “Bronzecasting” section to learn about casting processes via different images and short summaries. The materials here are divided into sections that include “materials testing”, “restoration”, and “patterns”. The next section of note is the “Fabrication” area, which contains a primer on metallurgy, including information on the chemical processes involved with this activity. The site is rounded out by a collection of relevant links to other external sources that cover metalworking, metal art galleries, and trade associations.

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
http://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/
If you’re looking for information about the built environment in and around the City of Brotherly Love, you should definitely bookmark this invaluable site. Created as part of a partnership between organizations including The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the project website includes access to a database with architectural and historical information and images for over 35,000 structures in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Additionally, the site also provides access to biographical sketches of over 2,500 architects and a library of over 25,000 images. Visitors will need to sign up to use these resources, but it’s entirely free, and it takes just a couple of minutes to complete the registration. After doing so, visitors will be able to search for buildings, locations, thematic collections, and so on.

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520 – 1820
http://www.smith.edu/vistas/
Created by art historians at Smith College in 2005, the goal of the Vistas project is to promote wider understanding of the visual culture of the
Spanish Americas.  The project covers a vast region and time period, running geographically from California to Chile, and temporally from the 16th century to the early 19th century. The centerpiece of the site is the gallery, with over 100 images arranged by time period. The 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s are the most populated sections. Images range from a modern photo of Saqsawamán, which is a series of masonry zigzagging walls used as a fortress, palace, and temple from the mid-15th to early 16th century in Cuzco, Peru, to the Chicano Park murals in San Diego, California, begun in 1973. In between there are examples such as a portrait of Simón Bolívar in Lima, 1825, by José Gil de Castro, and a Mexican Chippendale Chair, built in the mid- to late-18th century, in the style of the English furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, using mahogany from the forests of Central or South America.

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