The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs collection at Duke University Libraries provides a wealth of historical images. Gamble travelled in China several times and also took photos in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Currently available on this site are his images from 1917-1932. One can browse the collection by place and subject. Since the bulk of the images are from China, there is an interactive map that shows where and when he photographed. The images are available in a medium size that is appropriate for PowerPoint and a larger size that could be used to make details for teaching.
ARTstor is a collection of image collections, and one of the outstanding collections within ARTstor is the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive. Lessing’s 4×5″ and 8×10″ color transparencies are being scanned to create this collection. These transparencies provide large digital files with a density of information that far surpasses what can be found in 35mm slides, which means that you can create incredible details for teaching (the image in this post is a small detail from one of his photographs). Add his name as a keyword when searching in ARTstor to see if any of his images may cover your topic of interest. So far, 81% of 13,000 images have been added to ARTstor, so more will be coming.
The Visual Services staff in the School of Art have been hard at work this summer adding images to soaMDID. Here is a brief summary showing just some of what is new:
- Nearly 500 images of contemporary glass art
- Around 450 images of portrait, landscape, and still life paintings
- More than 200 images of Picasso’s work
- Nearly 100 images of contemporary photography
- Several hundred images of 20c and 21c ceramics (some are in a restricted collection because they were created from gift slides)
- All the images from the 2010 MFA graduates have been added as have images from several previous years
If you have questions about these additions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by SoAIL (room 120) and ask.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has several hundred images online from the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Papers. Marinetti was one of the leaders of Futurism. The collection includes many historical photographs (notes on back scanned as well), some writings, and printed materials. It is possible to download at least two different sizes of each image by clicking through to the image size needed and then right clicking (control-click on a Mac) to save the image locally. The largest images are actually a bit bigger than what is needed for PowerPoint; the medium images will work for PowerPoint as long as they are not stretched to the point of pixelating.
A new workflow feature in OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is the ability to combine PowerPoint slideshows. This should be very helpful for people who want to combine slideshows created from soaMDID images or personal images with slideshows generated from ARTstor. I have created an app saved from a workflow; the link is below.
As I said in my previous post, once the zipped file is downloaded, double-click to un-zip the app and save it to your desktop or elsewhere for future use. Once you start the app, use the command key and mouse clicks to select more than one slideshow then click on the choose button. Be patient as it combines the slideshows.
NOTE: This can be used to combine ppt OR pptx files, but it will crash if you try to combine ppt AND pptx files.
With a recent upgrade to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I discovered that the workflow for importing groups of images into PowerPoint no longer works. It is now upgraded for OS 10.6 and saved as an app (rather than a workflow), and a link is below. Two improvements have been added:
- You can now select multiple folders of images at the same time. All will be combined into one PowerPoint slideshow.
- You can choose a top level folder or folders and the script will select all jpeg or jpg images within the folder(s).
Once the zipped file is downloaded, double-click to un-zip the app and save it to your desktop or elsewhere for future use.
Simply double-click the app, navigate to the image folder(s), select, and click on choose. A PowerPoint slideshow will be created with the images. Note that it’s best to not have an already existing PowerPoint slideshow open when you do this.
As with the previous importing workflow, if you have images that are 1024 pixels wide but taller than 768 (or an equivalent ratio), you will see that the images bleed off the bottom of the slide. It’s fairly easy to spot these and resize them as needed.
Brandeis University has posted nearly 4,000 digital images from their collection of lithographs created by Honoré Daumier. The collection can be searched by either basic or advanced methods, or it can be browsed by title, subject, or date. The images provided are 800 pixels on the long side, so they will work fine for PowerPoint; just don’t try to stretch horizontal images to fill a slide or they will pixelate.
If you want to get a better sense of how the architecture and art of the Sistine Chapel are integrated, check out this QTVR. I learned about it on the VRA listserv. You can use the mouse to rotate the image in any direction, and the plus and minus buttons in the lower left allow you to zoom in and out. Music accompanies the site.
We just added 250 self-portraits to soaMDID, bringing our total up to around 700. The majority of these are paintings. To search for self-portraits, type “self portrait~” in the keyword field without the quotes. Using the tilde (~) tells the database to search for both “portrait” and “portraits” at the same time. You can add other terms to limit the search such as “drawings” (be sure it’s plural), a century (e.g., “20c” for 20th century), and/or a culture (e.g., “French” or “Chinese”). Add the terms without the quote marks. More information about using search terms is available in a document you can either download from the Announcements page when you log into soaMDID or here.