Posts Tagged ‘paintings’

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 soail@uw.edu.

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.

Summer 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

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 soail@uw.edu or stop by SoAIL (room 120) and ask.

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.

Self-portraits added to soaMDID

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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.

Islamic Heritage Project

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The Islamic Heritage Project, from Harvard University, provides a wealth of high quality images created from Islamic manuscripts and maps of the Islamic world. One can browse by a variety of topics or by country. The manuscripts are from China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakiston, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Serbia/Montenegro. The maps cover a similar range of geography.

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.