Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Winter 2011 Additions to soaMDID

Wednesday, 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

Yale Silk Road Database

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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 soail@uw.edu.

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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.

Erich Lessing images in ARTstor

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

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.

Sistine Chapel QTVR

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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.

Interactive Nolli Map of Rome

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Today’s edition of The Scout Report has an entry on the interactive version of the Nolli Map of Rome that has been put on the web by the University of Oregon. The map engine is flash-based, which means it is not possible to right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) to save a portion. However, on a Mac, it is possible to press command (apple)-shift-4 then use the cross-hairs to outline the image you want to capture. This creates a png file on your desktop, which can be used in PowerPoint. The file will have to be converted to a jpg to be imported into a soaMDID personal collection. Here is an example of what one of these screenshots looks like.

Online Archive of California

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Online Archive of California provides access to collections from a variety of California institutions, many of which include images. These are primarily photographs, prints, and posters. While much of it relates to California, the coverage goes much farther afield. It is possible to browse by topic or search. Good size images are available by clicking for a larger view or clicking to zoom in to the desired detail.

Getty Research Library Digital Collections

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Getty Research Library has been digitizing some of their special collections to make them available online. Currently these collections include early photography in Greece and the Mediterranean, images of festivals (mostly drawings and prints), prints created after Poussin paintings, and photography in Mexico. Image size is sufficient for PowerPoint. Each collection has one or more webpages describing the collection and its contents.