Posts Tagged ‘prints’

David Rumsey Map Collection

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The David Rumsey Map Collection is one of the premier collections of maps available online even though only a portion of this private collection has been digitized. You can access images in a variety of ways including Google Earth and Google Maps. However, if you are looking for images to download for teaching, launching the collection in the LUNA Browser is the best way to go. Tips for using the LUNA Browser are also provided. After finding an image you want, you can click on a thumbnail to bring up a larger image. Use the export button above the image to choose the size you want (small or medium will work well for PowerPoint). If you download the largest image size, you should be able to create your own details in any basic image editing software. To save groups of maps for future reference, you can create an account.

Daumier Lithographs

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Robert Macaire architecte

Robert Macaire architecte; Paris, 1837

Brandeis University has posted nearly 4,000 digital images from their collection of lithographs created by Honoré Daumier. The collection can be searched by either basic or advanced methods, or it can be browsed by title, subject, or date. The images provided are 800 pixels on the long side, so they will work fine for PowerPoint; just don’t try to stretch horizontal images to fill a slide or they will pixelate.

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.

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.

World War I and II Posters

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The University of North Texas has scanned a large collection (nearly 500) posters from World Wars I and II. The images are large, plenty big enough for digital projection, and the cataloging is extensive. It is possible to browse or search the collection.

Japanese print website

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

From The Scout Report dated 13 March 2009 (

Japanese Fine Prints, Pre-1915
The online division of Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress has digitized approximately 70% of their more than 2500 Japanese woodblock prints and drawings that date from the 17th-20th centuries.  For visitors interested in accessing some of the collection that has yet to be digitized, click on the link “Access to Unprocessed Materials” located at the top of the homepage. To become familiar with the print traditions in Japanese art, visitors should click on the link in the middle of the page, entitled “Background and Scope”.  To view examples of some of the types of subjects in the prints, visitors can click on “View Examples” next to the various subjects, such as actors, women, landscapes, scenes from Japanese literature, daily life, and views of Western foreigners. To access descriptions of these prints, visitors can click on the links in the middle of the page, with the aforementioned titles, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to read them. [KMG]