Posts Tagged ‘drawings’

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

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

Rembrandt drawings at British Museum

Monday, 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.

Art Finder

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center have collaborated on a website, called Art Finder, which allows access to images of thousands of items in their collections. You can search and/or use drop-down lists to narrow results. An Art Finder Video Tour is also available. In order to get access to PowerPoint-sized images, you must click on a thumbnail image then click on the link at the right that says “Printable Image”. This will open a larger image in a new window. Right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to save the image to a location of your choosing. Note that approximately 4,500 image from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are in ARTstor, but Art Finder contains more than 20,000 images.

Wellcome Images

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity, based in London, which funds research to improve human and animal health. The trust has an extensive library that includes an eclectic mix of photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings, many of which are now available online through Wellcome Images. Visitors to the site can browse by subject categories or search. The images are not large, but they would work fine for PowerPoint.

Hermitage Museum Website & Digital Collections

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Today’s The Scout Report had an entry about the Hermitage Museum’s website. Of particular interest to Simulacrum readers will be the Digital Collections that are now available online. It is possible to browse or search the collections. When pulling up the record for an individual work, the image link sometimes breaks, but clicking on the link at the right for the larger images appears to work every time. The larger images are big enough for PowerPoint use. They will also work for loading into your soaMDID personal collection, but they are not big enough for zooming.

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.

Painting & Drawing Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

During the last few quarters, SoAIL staff have been working to add digital images to soaMDID that would be of interest to Painting and Drawing faculty, graduate students, and instructors. We have used the slides checked out by Painting and Drawing faculty as a guide. Some of the artists added so far include: Balthus, Cezanne, Corot, Durer, Giacometti, Lopez Garcia, Matisse, Morandi, Nerdrum, Nicholson, Poussin, and Velazquez. If other artists are of interest, faculty and graduate students should discuss them with Jeanette and/or Deb in the Image Library.