Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thomas Hart Benton: America Today

This video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's YouTube channel announces the Met's acquisition of Thomas Hart Benton's ten-panel mural, America Today, which he originally created for the New School of Art in the early 1930s. An exhibition of the panels celebrates the gift from the AXA Equitable Company, which had acquired them from the New School in 1982.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CAA's updated Image Resources Page!

College Art Association's Intellectual Property and the Arts website has been updated to include a useful list of image resources.  The list includes institutions that have made public domain images available for download and collections that provide access to works for educational purposes. A separate list of "fee-based image banks" concludes the website. 

Digital Public Library of America

Many of the links to collections are already available on the VMC News Blog (on the right-hand side), but CAA's website is a great reminder of the availability of images on the internet.  It also provides links to pages about copyright, fair use, and publishing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images

In a press release on May 16, 2014,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative, which allows public access to over 400,000 high resolution images of works in the Met's collection for scholarly purposes!

Images included in the initiative display the acronym OASC and a download arrow.  These are works the "Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions...."

The Merode Altarpiece, one of the artworks in the OASC initiative, 
with the OASC designation highlighted in orange.  The download arrow is to the right.

Jacques-Louis David's portrait of Antoine and Anne-Pierrette Lavoisier is another downloadable work in the OASC initiative.  
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife 
(Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze)
 by Jacques Louis David, 1788
Numerous works from the antique world are also available, like this Red Figure krater with a battle scene from the Classical Greek period.

Terracotta volute-krater attributed to the Painter of the Woolly Satyrs, c. 450 BCE

To read more about the Open Access for Scholarly Content, and more about copyright, academic use, and the public domain, visit the Met's Frequently Asked Questions: OASC page!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Over 7000 images from the collections of the American Museum of Natural History available online

On April 28, 2014 the American Museum of Natural History’s Research Library officially launched  an online image database for Digital Special Collections!

Many [of the images] have never before been seen by the public, including archival photographs, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art, and Museum memorabilia documenting a wide variety of Museum efforts in New York and around the globe, including the creation and installation of exhibitions and far-flung scientific expeditions dating back to the 19th century.

Hamilton observing Somma Vesuvius in full eruption 
from Hamilton's Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the Two Sicilies (1776)

East facade of Maya Great Tajin Pyramid, niched stairways with balustrades, horses in front, El Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico, undated photograph by George R. Wolfe