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A Complete Digitization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus, the Largest Existing Collection of His Drawings & Writings

No historical figure better fits the definition of “Renaissance man” than Leonardo da Vinci, but that term has become so overused as to become misleading. We use it to express mild surprise that one person could use both their left and right hemispheres equally well. But in Leonardo’s day, people did not think of having two brains, and the worlds of art and science were not so far apart as they are now. That an individual in the Renaissance would be able to combine fine arts and fine engineerin...
Tags: Google, Art, Milan, Congress, College, France, History, Vienna, Victoria, Archives, Napoleon, Tuscany, Atlantic Ocean, Facebook Twitter, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci

Inside the Forthcoming ‘Herman Miller: A Way of Living’ Book and Exhibition

Amy Auscherman, the company's corporate archivist, details the significance of the release “Nothing is done in a vacuum,” Amy Auscherman, Herman Miller‘s corporate archivist, tells us. And for more than 100 years, Herman Miller has impacted culture as much as culture has returned the favor. Their designs are timeless. They have acquired companies to create a family of influence. Most of all, they have pushed …
Tags: Books, Design, Exhibits, Archives, Eames, Herman Miller, Phaidon, Amy Auscherman, Herman Miller: A New Way of Living, Amy Auscherman Herman Miller

700 Years of Persian Manuscripts Now Digitized and Available Online

Too often those in power lump thousands of years of Middle Eastern religion and culture into monolithic entities to be feared or persecuted. But at least one government institution is doing exactly the opposite. For Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the Library of Congress has released a digital collection of its rare Persian-language manuscripts, an archive spanning 700 years. This free resource opens windows on diverse religious, national, linguistic, and cultural traditions, most, but not all, I...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, Congress, College, India, Poetry, Religion, Iran, Literature, North America, Archives, British Library, Tajikistan, Atlas Obscura

Persian Manuscripts Spanning 700 Years, Now Digitized and Available Online

Too often those in power lump thousands of years of Middle Eastern religion and culture into monolithic entities to be feared or persecuted. But at least one government institution is doing exactly the opposite. For Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the Library of Congress has released a digital collection of its rare Persian-language manuscripts, an archive spanning 700 years. This free resource opens windows on diverse religious, national, linguistic, and cultural traditions, most, but not all, I...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, Congress, College, India, Poetry, Religion, Iran, Literature, North America, Archives, British Library, Tajikistan, Atlas Obscura

The Venice Time Machine: 1,000 Years of Venice’s History Gets Digitally Preserved with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Along with hundreds of other seaside cities, island towns, and entire islands, historic Venice, the floating city, may soon sink beneath the waves if sea levels continue their rapid rise. The city is slowly tilting to the East and has seen historic floods inundate over 70 percent of its palazzo- and basilica-lined streets. But should such tragic losses come to pass, we’ll still have Venice, or a digital version of it, at least—one that aggregates 1,000 years of art, architecture, and "mu...
Tags: Google, Art, Technology, College, Berlin, History, Rome, Architecture, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Archives, TED Talks, Time Machine, Abbott, Facebook Twitter

New Archive Digitizes 80,000 Historic Watercolor Paintings, the Medium Through Which We Documented the World Before Photography

The watercolor painting has a reputation for lightness. It’s a casual endeavor, done in scenic outdoor surroundings on sunlit days. Watercolors are the choice of weekend hobbyists or children unready for messier materials. Watercolors, in other words, are often treated as unserious. But for a couple hundred years, they served a very serious purpose. In addition to being a portable medium with an expansive range, watercolors’ ease made them the primary means of making documentary images b...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, College, India, History, Britain, Archives, Mount Everest, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Mount Vesuvius, Durham NC Follow, Dale Berning Sawa, Watercolour World, Fred Hohler

New Digital Archive Will Feature the Complete Works of Egon Schiele: Start with 419 Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures

If you’ve ever mistaken an Egon Schiele for a Gustav Klimt, you can surely be forgiven—the Austrian modernist don served as a North Star for Schiele, who sought out Klimt, apprenticed himself, and received a great deal of encouragement from his elder. But he would soon strike out on his own, developing a grotesque, exaggerated, yet elegantly sensual style that shocked his contemporaries and made him a leading figure of Austrian Expressionism. Now, a century after his death in 1918 at age 28, a ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Paul Klee, Archives, Martinique, Edvard Munch, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Schiele, Durham NC Follow, Galerie St Etienne, Meilan Solly

The Library of Congress Makes Thousands of Fabulous Photos, Posters & Images Free to Use & Reuse

The history of the venerable Library of Congress demonstrates the vast importance that the founders of the U.S. accorded to reading and studying. It may be one of the country’s most durable institutions, “the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation,” it proclaims. While partisan rancor, war, and violence recur, the LoC has stolidly held an ever-increasingly diverse collection of artifacts sitting peacefully alongside each other on several hundred miles of shelves, a monument to the li...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Photography, New York, Education, Congress, College, Libraries, Library Of Congress, Archives, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, U S Copyright Office

Blast From the Past: Georgia O’Keeffe and the cup of humanity

One of my favorite encounters with the spirit of tea came while touring the home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiu, New Mexico. In her pantry, I spied two Mason jars on the wall. One had been hand labeled by O’Keeffe as Tea. Next to it was a jar with a label that read Good Tea. I laughed out loud. This is the moment of enlightenment all students of tea eventually discover along their way. Enlightenment begins the moment we realize there is tea, and there is good tea. Hopefully, we carry...
Tags: Tea, Art, Boston, Columbia University, New Mexico, Archives, Santa Fe, Classic, Frank Lloyd Wright, Patten, Mason, Patton, O'Keeffe, Okakura Kakuzo, Bruce Richardson, Tao Te Ching

Link About It: The Lesbian Archives of Glasgow Women's Library

The Glasgow Women's Library is the only accredited institution in the UK that's dedicated to archiving women's lives and communities—past and present. The intersectional feminist museum is also home to the Lesbian Archive—the largest collection of...... Continue Reading...
Tags: UK, Design, Lgbt, Culture, Libraries, Glasgow, Lgbtq, Archives, Linkaboutit, Glasgow Women s Library

Explore 7,600 Works of Art by Edvard Munch: They’re Now Digitized and Free Online

If there were ever an exhibition of artistic “one-hit-wonders,” surely Edvard Munch’s The Scream would occupy a central place, maybe hung adjacent to Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The ratio of those who know this single painting to those who know the artist's other works must be exponentially high, which is something of a shame. That’s not to say The Scream does not deserve its exalted place in popular culture—like Wood's stone-faced Midwest farmers, the wavy figure, clutching its screaming sku...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Pink Floyd, Norway, Archives, Oslo, Munch, Grimm, Edvard Munch, Poe, Midwest, Sophie, Laura, Grant Wood, Facebook Twitter

The Art of Europe’s Forgotten Avant-Garde Artists Now Digitized and Put Online

Economically depleted but filled with the desire to pose questions about the future in radically new ways, postwar Europe would prove fertile ground for the development of avant-garde art. Though that environment produced a fair few stars over the second half of the twentieth century, their work represents only the tip of the iceberg: bringing the rest out of the depths and onto the internet has constituted the last few years' work for Forgotten Heritage. A collaboration between institutions in...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, College, Germany, History, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Voon, Claire Voon, 21st Century Los Angeles, Fluxus Movement, Poland Belgium Croatia Estonia, Forgotten Heritage

A huge trove of vintage movie posters from the University of Texas's Ransom Center archive

The University of Texas's Ransom Center (previously) has posted a gorgeous selection of digitized movie posters from its Movie Poster Collection, from the 1920s to the 1970s. (more…)
Tags: Art, Post, Old school, Copyfight, Texas, Design, Movies, News, History, Illustration, Open Access, Archives, Glam, UT Austin, University of Texas s Ransom Center

2,000+ Impressionist, Post-impressionist & Early Modern Paintings Now Free Online, Thanks to the Barnes Foundation

Georges Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Giorgio de Chirico, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh — all of us associate these names with great innovations in painting, but how many of us have had the opportunity to look long and close enough at their work to understand those innovations? To feel them, in other words, rather than just to know about them? The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has just recently made it possible for us to contemplate thousands of works of art including those of Impressionist, P...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Paris, Philadelphia, Edgar Degas, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Barnes, Gogh, Barnes Foundation, Artnet, Emile Zola, Pierre Auguste Renoir

25 Million Images From 14 Art Institutions to Be Digitized & Put Online In One Huge Scholarly Archive

Digital art archives, says Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute, are “Sleeping Beauties, and they are waiting to be discovered and kissed.” It’s an odd metaphor, especially since the archive to which Gaehtgens refers currently contains photographic treasures like that of Medieval Christian art from the Netherlands Institute for Art History. But soon, Pharos, the “International Consortium of Photo Archives,” will host 25 million images, Ted Loos reports at The New York Time...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, College, United States, New York Times, Getty, North America, Archives, Facebook Twitter, Rosetta Stone, Josh Jones, Artnet, Frick, Hyperallergic, Durham NC Follow

New Digital Archive Puts Online 4,000 Historic Images of Rome: The Eternal City from the 16th to 20th Centuries

The poet Tibullus first described Rome as "The Eternal City" in the first century BC, and that evocative nickname has stuck over the thousands of years since. Or rather, he would have called it "Urbs Aeterna," which for Italian-speakers would have been "La Città Eterna," but regardless of which language you prefer it in, it throws down a daunting challenge before any historian of Rome. Each scholar has had to find their own way of approaching such a historically formidable place, and few have b...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Stanford, History, Rome, Architecture, Italy, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Palazzo Venezia, National Institute, Stanford News, Colin Marshall, Lanciani

Google Creates a Digital Archive of World Fashion: Features 30,000 Images, Covering 3,000 Years of Fashion History

Both the fashion and art worlds foster the creation of rarified artifacts inaccessible to the majority of people, often one-of-a-kind pieces that exist in specially-designed spaces and flourish in cosmopolitan cities. Does this mean that fashion is an art form like, say, painting or photography? Doesn’t fashion’s ephemeral nature mark it as a very different activity? We might consider that we can ask many of the same questions of haute couture as we can of fine art. What are the social c...
Tags: Google, Art, Silk Road, College, History, Rome, Marilyn Monroe, Smithsonian, Vivienne Westwood, Victoria, Chanel, Archives, Florence, Issey Miyake, Kyoto Japan, Facebook Twitter

Browse Every Art Exhibition Held at MoMA Since 1929 with the New “MoMA Exhibition Spelunker”

More and more, museums around the world are opening up their vast archives for free on the internet. We can browse broad collections, or dig down deep into collections and examine individual works, or we can download hi-resolution jpgs of famous works and slap them on our new desktop as wallpaper. (Discussion: does this trivialize a work or help us appreciate it?) Indeed, OpenCulture has linked to many of these and I’ve followed. And I’ve often returned overwhelmed or disappointed, not by th...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Netflix, Museum of Modern Art, Archives, Chambers, Hopper, Edward Hopper, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Moma, Facebook Twitter, Victoria Albert Museum, Coder, Colin Marshall, Ted Mills

Twitter Converts Vine Website Into Archive

Vine may be gone, but Vines live on. Twitter announced last October that it would discontinue looping-video application Vine, adding in December that Vine would be replaced by a pared-down app called Vine Camera. That transition occurred Jan. 17. However, Twitter quietly turned into an archive of Vines from 2013 through 2016, which users can search: By year—2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016. By genre under Highlights—animals, art, comedy, edits, music and dance, sports and weird. Editor’s Picks....
Tags: Art, Videos, Apps, Twitter, Comedy, Highlights, Weird, Animals, Sports, Seo, Memes, Vine, Applications, Profiles, Archives, Playlists

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. The archive offers, in the words of Chief of Archives Michelle Elligott, “free and unprecedented access to The Museum of Modern Art’s ever-evolving exhibition history” in the...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Design, College, Los Angeles, Yoko Ono, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Jaguar, Museum of Modern Art, Archives, Seoul, Van Gogh, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Moma

3,000 Illustrations of Shakespeare’s Complete Works from Victorian England, Neatly Presented in a New Digital Archive

“We can say of Shakespeare,” wrote T.S. Eliot—in what may sound like the most backhanded of compliments from one writer to another—“that never has a man turned so little knowledge to such great account.” Eliot, it’s true, was not overawed by the Shakespearean canon; he pronounced Hamlet “most certainly an artistic failure,” though he did love Coriolanus. Whatever we make of his ambivalent, contrarian opinions of the most famous author in the English language, we can credit Eliot for keen obser...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, England, College, Literature, Shakespeare, Archives, Cardiff University, Goya, Henry V, Bard, Gilbert, Facebook Twitter, Lear, Knight

Digging Through the Archives

At long last, my archives are back. Most of them at least. Some of you may recall that back in early 2014, I had the great misfortune of the web host I was using pulling the rug from under me, which meant that my entire website — which dated back to 2002 — suddenly disappeared. And I didn’t have proper backups. Eventually I did find some SQL database backups from 2011, which meant that I could probably eventually try to reconstruct the site, and then do some digging through the Wayback Machine f...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, Japan, Design, Wordpress, Uncategorized, Digital, Blog, Blogging, Web, Tokyo, Meta, Tumblr, Archives, Michael

Spring Studios Opens its Doors for the LIFE Photo Exhibition : Exclusive, iconic NYC images from the '40s to '70s will be shown at the creative hub's debut show

Much can be said of TriBeCa's Spring Studios. Arguably of greatest importance, it's an epic 150,000 square foot multi-floor space dedicated to creativity. Recently, a 12,000 square foot, 360-degree-view rooftop was opened and a members' only club known...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Photography, Design, NYC, Culture, Exhibitions, Archives, Galleries

Free: Download 5.3 Million Images from Books Published Over Last 500 Years

Back in 2014, we brought to your attention an image archive rivaling the largest of its kind on the web: the Internet Archive Book Images collection at Flickr. There, you’ll find millions of “public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines and newspapers published over a 500 year period.” At the time, the collection contained 2.6 million public domain images, but “eventually,” wrote our editor Dan Colman, “this archive will grow to 14.6 million images.” Well, it has almost doubled...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Yahoo, College, Wikipedia, Bbc, Archives, OCR, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Colombia Records, Durham NC Follow, Dan Colman

Download 67,000 Historic Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection

Stanford University’s been in the news lately, what with expanding its tuition waiver last year and now facing renewed scrutiny over its ultra-low admissions rate. These stories have perhaps overshadowed other Stanford news of a more academic nature: the arrival of the David Rumsey Map Center, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday and continues the festivities today and tomorrow. While these kinds of university improvements are rarely of much interest to the general public, this one ...
Tags: Google, Art, California, College, Stanford, New York City, America, History, Earth, Chicago, Afghanistan, United States, Archives, Stanford University, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter

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