In 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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.