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Accent on Images: The Language of Illustrated Books
"This exhibition showcases illustrated books in modern foreign languages from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries selected from the rich and varied special collections of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges."
From the Special Collections of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges and curated by Judy Harvey Sahak.
American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) - Photo Archive
"The AIIS collection from the Center for Art and Archaeology in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, has over 125,000 photographs in the collection. The images fall into the broad categories of architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting and numismatics."
Part of the Digital South Asia Library
The Art of Botanical Illustration
An Exhibition in Special Collection, The University of Delaware
"...highlights selections from the University of Delaware's Special Collections which show the development of botanical illustration from early printed books to the present day. The primary goal of botanical illustration is not art, but scientific accuracy. It must portray a plant with the precision and level of detail for it to be recognized and distinguished from another species."
Sections include: Herbals, Travel & Exploration ; Scientific Botany ; Women Artists ; Seed Catalogs ; Modern Botanicals.
Curated by Iris Snyder
Abstracts of International Conservation Literature
"...enhances the preservation of our global cultural patrimony by providing high quality, peer-reviewed abstracts of the international literature of conservation and heritage management in a free online database. Updated quarterly, AATA Online currently includes abstracts of over 100,000 citations, enabling practitioners from many fields of heritage preservation to identify and select resources relevant to their work."
- The Getty
CPANDA: Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive
"An interactive digital archive of data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S., available for research and statistical analysis, with data on artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, and funding for arts and culture."
Sections include: Data Archive ; Quick Facts ; Research Guides ; Other Links.
- Princeton University Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.
The Fantastic in Art and Fiction
"Sponsored by Cornell Universityís Institute for Digital Collections (CIDC) this image-bank provides a visual resource for the study of the Fantastic or of the supernatural in fiction and in art. While the site emerges from a comparative literature course on the topic at Skidmore College, it is also intended to open the door to consideration of some of the constant structures and patterns of fantastic literature, and the problems they raise. In this sense, the materials presented here may find a use among students in a variety of disciplines ... Approximately 300 images from over 80 books reside in this database. They may be perused by subject via the links on the homepage and in the navigation bar at the bottom of each page."
Academic Info's Award for Best Site of August 2001
The Floating World of Ukiyo-E
"'Ukiyo-e' (translated as pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world) is a showcase of the Library's spectacular holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These works are complemented by related works from the Library's collections created by Japanese and Westerns artists into the 20th century."
Library of Congress Exhibition
Graphic Witness: Visual Arts & Social Commentary
"...a site dedicated to social commentary through graphic imagery by artists working from the turn of the 20th Century to the present, with related bibliographic/biographic data."
Illustrated Shakespeare: Electronic Facsimile
"...artists of all stripes, from performance artists to musicians to those working in more traditional visual media, have found important inspiration in the works of Shakespeare. Hence this online collection of selected electronic facsimiles seeks to share with a wider audience meetings of book art and Shakespearean text, and suggests the variety of responses of visual and book artists to the stimulus of Shakespeare's words."
- University of Wisconsin, Madison Libraries
"...every section is provided with references, images, and applicable information. The "iArchitecture" section provides; an Introduction to the Islamic Architecture and reviews of Mosques & palaces around the world. In the "iArts" section; youíll find information on calligraphy styles, carpet designs, geometrical & floral patterns, metalwork, Pottery, textiles, and Woodwork."
Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
"...to provide a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945)... There are currently 9908 objects from 92 participating museums listed in the Portal."
- American Association of Museums
[Orozco] Reconstructing The Orozco Murals
"Among the great works of Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) are the powerful murals at Dartmouth College, Pomona College, and New School University. Beginning with a collection of photographs we have created a single distortion-free image mosaic of these murals. Combining these mosaics with a 3-D computer model, allows users an immersive, albeit virtual, experience of these beautiful works of art."
By Hany Farid, Computer Science Dept., Dartmouth College.
The Ovid Project
Metamorphosing the Metamorphoses
"The University of Vermont's rare book department contains an extensive collection of illustrated works of Ovid. Included are several editions of engravings by the 17th century German artist, Johann Wilhelm Bauer, depicting 150 scenes from the Metamorphoses. Each scene has a brief description in both Latin and German. Some plates from a 1640 edition of the translation done by George Sandys are also available."
By Hope Greenberg, Humanities Computing Specialist, University of Vermont
"Visual images have helped us observe, describe, and conceptualize the human body over the centuries. In conjunction with the Exploratorium's upcoming Revealing Bodies exhibition, this Web site looks at how imagery has changed the way we look at our bodies, drawing from many times and cultures."
The New Media Art Resource / Fresh Art+Text
"...to provide an online platform for the global new media art community. Our programs and services support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways. Our core activities include commissions, email discussions and publications, this web site, and events."
The Rossetti Hypermedia Archive
"When completed, the project as a whole will provide students and scholars with access to all of DGR's original works, pictorial as well as textual. These original materials are gathered into the Archive along with a large corpus of contextual materials, most drawn from the period when DGR's work first appeared and established its reputation (approximately 1848-1920) ... Among those secondary materials is a set of important contemporary documents..."
Edited by Jerome McGann
The Silk Road Seattle Project
"Silk Road Seattle is a collaborative public education project using the "Silk Road" theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era (A. D.) to the Sixteenth Century. Sponsored primarily by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, and directed by Professors Daniel C. Waugh, Joel Walker and Cynthea Bogel, the project will include: public lectures and seminars, a virtual art exhibit, photographic and textile exhibits, a general education course as well as professional development seminars and workshops for educators, and a web site containing additional materials."
Sections include: Texts ; Cities and Architecture ; Traditional Culture ; Teaching/Learning Guides ; Virtual Art Exhibit ; Buddhist MSS Project ; Maps ; For Kids.
Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
Viewing Japanese Prints
"A Website devoted to the appreciation of three centuries of Japanese printmaking...This website presents illustrated discussions about selected artists and their prints, as well as explorations into various themes in Japanese printmaking."
Sections includes: Early Ukiyo-E ; Golden Age ; Late Ukiyo-E ; Shin Hanga ;Sosaku Hanga ; Contemporary.
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