Posts Tagged ‘metalworking’

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.

Historic Jewelry from New England

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Through The Scout Report of 13 March 2009, I learned about Historic New England’s online images of their jewelry collection. Going to the checklist page one can see thumbnail images and brief descriptions. Clicking on the thumbnail image brings up a larger image of sufficient size to use for teaching purposes. Some historic portraits of people wearing jewelry are also included.

Websites of interest

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Three postings of interest from The Scout Report dated 27 February 2009 (

Creative Metalworking
Working with metals has engaged the talents of humans for thousands of years, and the Creative Metalworking site is great way for those with an interest in such matters to learn more about it. The primary function of the site is “to document the processes used to create cast and fabricated art/design works”, and the site is maintained by Robert Moule. Visitor can click on the “Bronzecasting” section to learn about casting processes via different images and short summaries. The materials here are divided into sections that include “materials testing”, “restoration”, and “patterns”. The next section of note is the “Fabrication” area, which contains a primer on metallurgy, including information on the chemical processes involved with this activity. The site is rounded out by a collection of relevant links to other external sources that cover metalworking, metal art galleries, and trade associations.

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
If you’re looking for information about the built environment in and around the City of Brotherly Love, you should definitely bookmark this invaluable site. Created as part of a partnership between organizations including The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the project website includes access to a database with architectural and historical information and images for over 35,000 structures in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Additionally, the site also provides access to biographical sketches of over 2,500 architects and a library of over 25,000 images. Visitors will need to sign up to use these resources, but it’s entirely free, and it takes just a couple of minutes to complete the registration. After doing so, visitors will be able to search for buildings, locations, thematic collections, and so on.

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520 – 1820
Created by art historians at Smith College in 2005, the goal of the Vistas project is to promote wider understanding of the visual culture of the
Spanish Americas.  The project covers a vast region and time period, running geographically from California to Chile, and temporally from the 16th century to the early 19th century. The centerpiece of the site is the gallery, with over 100 images arranged by time period. The 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s are the most populated sections. Images range from a modern photo of Saqsawamán, which is a series of masonry zigzagging walls used as a fortress, palace, and temple from the mid-15th to early 16th century in Cuzco, Peru, to the Chicano Park murals in San Diego, California, begun in 1973. In between there are examples such as a portrait of Simón Bolívar in Lima, 1825, by José Gil de Castro, and a Mexican Chippendale Chair, built in the mid- to late-18th century, in the style of the English furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, using mahogany from the forests of Central or South America.