See the massive, stunning collection of art the Smithsonian just put on the web for free The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have an amazing gift for the world in 2015: a newly available collection of 40,000 digitized Asian and American artworks. The Smithsonian says its vast collection has mostly never been seen by the public, and the institution is making the collection available for free public use. The art dates from the Neolithic period to present day; the Smithsonian says the collection includes "1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects, and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works."
Open Content Program (The Getty) The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. For additional information please see the related press releases, as well as overviews of each phase of the program on The Getty Iris. Digital Dada Library - The International Dada Archive - The University of Iowa The Digital Dada Library provides links to scanned images of original Dada-era publication in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of The University of Iowa Libraries. Each original document has been scanned in its entirety.
1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of viewing works of art. At a conference on the subject in 2001, Susan Hazan of the Israel Museum wondered whether there is “space for enchantment in a technological world?” She referred to Walter Benjamin’s ruminations on the “potentially liberating phenomenon” of technologically reproduced art, yet also noted that “what was forfeited in this process were the ‘aura’ and the authority of the object containing within it the values of cultural heritage and tradition.” Evaluating a number of online galleries of the time, Hazan found that “the speed with which we are able to access remote museums and pull them up side by side on the screen is alarmingly immediate.” Perhaps the “accelerated mobility” of the internet, she worried, “causes objects to become disposable and to decline in significance.”
Jheronimus Bosch - the Garden of Earthly Delights About this project The interactive documentary Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights provides an in-depth tour though The Garden of Earthly Delights. In a web interface the visitor will be taken on an audio-visual journey, including sound, music, video and images to enrich the storytelling. Synopsis Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present Images courtesy of MoMA We all hate it when we hear of an exciting exhibition, only to find out that it closed last week — or 80 years ago. New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made great strides toward taking the sting out of such narrowly or widely-missed cultural opportunities with their new digital exhibition archive.
Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian Links to Online Activities Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian features QR codes that direct readers with smart phones to great activities online. Below are links to access those activities from your computer. Museum Dos & Don'ts p. 5, Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian: The Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian website National Museum of Natural History p. 56, Explore the Hall of Mammals p. 63, Learn What It Means To Be Human p. 71, Explore the Dynamic Earth p. 72, The Dynamic Earth: Why the Hope Diamond Glows p. 81, Insect Identification Guide p. 85, Wrap-Up: What's New Image and Data Resources Open Access Policy The Metropolitan Museum of Art creates, organizes, and disseminates a broad range of digital images and data that document the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Images of artworks in the Museum's collection fall into two categories: images of works the Museum believes to be in the public domain, or those to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have images of works the Museum knows to be under copyright or other restrictions
The Met Just Released 375,000 Priceless Artworks into the Public Domain Edgar Degas, The Dancing Class, 1870, Oil on wood, 7 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art unloaded a massive chunk of its collection into the public domain on Tuesday, making them available for anyone with an internet connection to use or simply appreciate. As part of a new Open Access Policy, the Met designated 375,000 images with the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal copyright, the broadest possible. Impressionist masters like Cézanne, Monet, and Degas, Japanse woodblock print artists like Hokusai, sculptors like Rodin, and thousands more are available for anyone to "copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission," according to the Creative Commons. Katsushika Hokusai, Fuji from the Katakura Tea Fields in Suruga from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, 1830–32, Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 10 1/4 in. x 15 in.
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum : Free Texts : Download & Streaming the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944; Dearstyne, Howard, tr; Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967, ed texts eye Getty Research Portal - 100,000 Digitized Art History Books Are Now Freely Available to Any Art Lover “Paul Klee, 1879-1940 : a retrospective exhibition.” The Guggenheim Museum In celebration of its 4th anniversary, the Getty Research Portal has been redesigned to make it easier for art history buffs to explore, share, and download the 100,000 freely available digitized art history texts it hosts—which you can search for directly, or filter by creator, subject, language, source, or date range. Over the past year, the Los Angeles-based research institute has been rapidly scanning thousands of books and journals documenting various artistic fields—including art, architecture, and culture—to provide a greater public service over the Internet than a single library ever could.
The National Gallery of Art Releases Over 45,000 Digitized Works of Art Vincent van Gogh, “Self-Portrait” 1889, oil on canvas. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney Download 50,000 Art Books & Catalogs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Digital Collections If you’ve lived in or visited New York City, you must know the laughable futility of trying to “do the Met” in a day, or even a weekend. Not only is the museum enormous, but its permanent collections demand to be studied in detail, an activity one cannot rush through with any satisfaction. If you’re headed there for a special exhibit, be especially disciplined—make a beeline and do not stop to linger over elaborate Edo-period samurai armor or austere Shaker-made furniture. I thought I’d learned my lesson after many years of residence in the city.
The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online The Art Institute of Chicago recently unveiled a new website design. As part of their first design upgrade in 6 years, they have placed more than 52,000 high-resolution images from their collection online, available to all comers without restriction. Students, educators, and just regular art lovers might be interested to learn that we’ve released thousands of images in the public domain on the new website in an open-access format (52,438 to be exact, and growing regularly). Made available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork pages.