Fiona Banner and Ai Wei Wei

March 31st, 2011

Fiona Banner, "Harrier and Jaguar" at Tate Britain; photo by Jeanette Mills, Oct 2010 Ai Wei Wei, "Sunflower Seeds" at Tate Modern; photo by Jeanette Mills, Oct 2010In October 2010, I was able to see and photograph two very interesting installations in London. One was Fiona Banner’s Harrier and Jaguar at the Tate Britain, and the other was Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern. I have added selected images of each installation to soaMDID so that faculty and graduate students in the School of Art can use them for teaching. Search on “mills tate” (without the quotes), and you should see a total of fourteen images.

Winter 2011 Additions to soaMDID

March 23rd, 2011

During Winter Quarter 2011, Image Library staff and volunteers cataloged over 3,000 images. The majority of those images have been processed and added into soaMDID. Here are some of the highlights of these additions:

  • Figure drawing from Rubens, Leonardo, and a variety of other artists from different time periods.
  • Paintings and “new forms” by a number of 20th century artists
  • Medieval sculpture
  • MFA images from 1981 and 1982 (everything later is already in soaMDID)
  • Paintings by Delacroix, Gerome, and other 19th century artists whose theme was Orientalism
  • Architecture from Karnak and Luxor

Light Reign Skyspace

January 18th, 2011

The School of Art installation of MDID shares some images with two other UW installations of MDID—Bothell and College of Built Environments (CBE)—and vice versa. A recent addition to the CBE collection is worth noting: thirty-three images of Light Reign Skyspace by James Turrell at the Henry Art Gallery. Some of the photos were provided by the gallery and some were shot by Morgan Bell, a recent Art History MA graduate and currently an MLIS student working at the CBE Visual Resources Collection. Thanks to the head of that collection, Joshua Polansky, for alerting me to these new images.

To access the images, log into your soaMDID account and search on the words “Turrell Skyspace Henry”.  Don’t use quotation marks; capitalization and word order should not matter.  Enjoy!

New UW Libraries blog about images

January 11th, 2011

I recently learned about a blog that the UW Libraries has started. It’s titled “Images for Teaching, Learning, and Research.” Check it out. It’s also now on our blogroll listed as UW Libraries Images blog.

Yale Silk Road Database

January 4th, 2011

A database of over 6,000 images shot during Silk Road site seminars from 2006-2009. There are many ways to browse using categories at the left. Click through to the large images and download with a right-click (control-click on Mac). The large images vary in size, but many are 1000 pixels on the long side, which will work well for PowerPoint.

Autumn 2010 Additions to soaMDID

December 28th, 2010

Since late September, Visual Services staff have added nearly 1700 images to soaMDID. Among these images are:

  • over 180 images of paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn, Freud, and Kitaj
  • more than 110 images of paintings by Hudson River School artists, Rackstraw Downes, and Giambattista Piazzetta
  • 290 images of figure drawings by a variety of artists: Balthus, Durer, Kollwitz, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rodin, and Rubens
  • more than 300 images of American architecture
  • over 110 images of spirit photography
  • 83 art historical maps

Stop by the Image Library (room 120) if you need help finding these images in soaMDID, or email

Photography by Native Americans

December 13th, 2010

Morgan Bell is a graduate student who has worked with us in SoAIL. She chose the non-thesis MA in Art History and a practicum project related to her primary interests: Native American artists and photography. Her goal was to increase the representation of Native American photographers in soaMDID so that their work could be incorporated into the Art and Art History curriculum. Having just completed and defended the project, it is time to report on her results.

Over 350 images of work by 39 photographers were added to the collection. Twenty of these photographers had not been represented in soaMDID previously. The earliest works date to circa 1900 and the most recent date to the last few years. The styles and intentions of the artists vary widely. Bell’s work on this project was partly supported by funding from the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art even though not all the artists are from this region. A few of the photographers are from New Zealand, chosen because of the contemporary links that exist between Native American and Maori artists.

To see these images, you must have a soaMDID account or access through either the UW Bothell or College of Built Environments MDID installations. Do a keyword search using “Bell practicum” (without the quotes). Enjoy!

David Rumsey Map Collection

December 6th, 2010

The David Rumsey Map Collection is one of the premier collections of maps available online even though only a portion of this private collection has been digitized. You can access images in a variety of ways including Google Earth and Google Maps. However, if you are looking for images to download for teaching, launching the collection in the LUNA Browser is the best way to go. Tips for using the LUNA Browser are also provided. After finding an image you want, you can click on a thumbnail to bring up a larger image. Use the export button above the image to choose the size you want (small or medium will work well for PowerPoint). If you download the largest image size, you should be able to create your own details in any basic image editing software. To save groups of maps for future reference, you can create an account.

Rembrandt drawings at British Museum

November 29th, 2010

The British Museum has an excellent collection of 374 drawings by Rembrandt and his school. They have developed an online research catalog around this collection, which includes essays and images. In some cases, there are both front and back images of a drawing. You can click on image thumbnails to get larger images that are 750 pixels wide. These should be sufficient for PowerPoint. However, larger images are available for personal use at no charge if you are willing to create an account, make a request (quick and easy), and wait up to 48 hours to get the image. This can be done by clicking the “use digital image” link/icon below each image (it looks something like a floating piece of paper).

Note: Many of these images are available in ARTstor. However, the majority of the ARTstor images were scanned from slides that were shot from books. The images on the British Museum’s site are of much better quality.

ARTstor has new filter feature

November 22nd, 2010

Last week ARTstor added a filter feature for keyword searches (it does not work with advanced searches).

After searching, you will see a bar that says “Narrow your results” with a plus sign (see orange circle in first image). Click the plus sign.

You will then see a left sidebar that provides options for narrowing your search. Also, if the date range of your results is less than 10,000 years, you will see a timeline at the top. If you want to make the left sidebar disappear, click the minus sign in the bar that says “Hide filter panel” (see orange circle in second image).

If you had a timeline, the timeline will remain at the top of the screen. You can remove the timeline by clicking the small box at the upper left of the timeline. You can also bring back the left sidebar by clicking the plus sign again (see orange circles in third image).

ARTstor does not yet have tutorial information about this on their help blog. When they add it, I will add a link.