Archive for the ‘Online Resources’ Category

These are some of our favorite online resources of the last couple of months:

Fine Arts

Life Photo Archive

Medieval Manuscripts at Leeds University Digital Library

Munich Digitization Center

Piero della Francesca’s Legend of the True Cross

Speculum Romanae Magnificientiae Digital Collection

Architecture/ Design

A Design for the National Gallery of Art: I. M. Pei’s East Building

ArchInform: International Architecture Database

Housing Prototypes

Modern Embellishments by C. A. Busby, Architect

Flickr Friends of the 20th Century Society

Liberal Arts

1492: An Ongoing Voyage – Library of Congress Online Exhibition

Archaeological survey of India

Collections Center, Smithsonian Institution

International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online

Yokohama Boomtown: Foreigners in Treaty-Port Japan


NICE Paintings: Continental European Paintings in British Museums

Reunion des Musees Nationaux

Russian Icons in the British Museum

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Image Database

Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library


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As we continue adding websites to our del.ici.ous collection of bookmarks, we want to keep you informed of our favorite recent additions, organized by subject:

Fine Arts

Bruce Nauman Leave the Land Alone: Documentation of Bruce Nauman’s performance of Untitled (Leave the Land Alone), 1969/2009.

The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated: A Library of Congress exhibition documenting the work of photographer to the Tsar Sergei Mikhailovich Prokrudin-Gorskii.

French National Library’s Image Bank: A searchable collection of digital materials from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture: Website for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Vézelay: Benedictine Abbey of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine: A searchable collection of digital images of the Abbey of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine at Vézelay, photographed by Alison Stones, and cataloged by the Digital Research Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

Architecture/ Design

Arch Daily: An the online source of continuous information for a growing community of thousands of architects searching for the latest architectural news: projects, products, events, interviews and competitions among others.

E. A. Seguy’s Butterflies: A digital collection of Seguy’s collotypes from the New York Public Library.

Environmental Design Archives: Gertrude Jekyll: Archival material from the University of California at Berkeley. The Jekyll collection includes presentation drawings, planting plans, plant lists, surveys, photographs, and correspondence relating to residential gardens throughout the United Kingdom.

Plastics Network: Website of an international collaborative project to promote an understanding of the study of plastics and design.

Tom Eckersley Poster Archive: A collection of digital images of Eckersley’s posters hosted by the Visual Arts Data Service, VADS, created from the artist’s archive at the University of the Arts in London.

Liberal Arts

American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Online exhibition displaying some 250 items from the Library of Congress collections, including some not currently on permanent display. The organizing principles of this exhibition are Memory, Reason and Imagination.

Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database: “The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a resource for teaching and research in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings.”

Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Images: A collection of images of places and vessels involved in the Transatlantic Slave trade, as well as slave portraits. This collection is part of the Voyages database project, which has collected archival data from all over the world to create an invaluable resource for scholars of the slave trade.

Van Gogh: The Letters: A project of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, offering all 902 letters to and from Van Gogh in digital format, with scans of the originals, transcripts and annotations.

Voice of the Shuttle – Cultural Studies: Voice of the Shuttle (VoS) is a subject gateway for humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet.


Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity: MoMA exhibition displaying “over 400 works by some 100 Bauhaus teachers and students that reflect the extraordinarily broad range of the school’s output.”

New Ceramics Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: “Purpose built in 1909 for the display of the Ceramics collection the newly refurbished galleries tell the story of world ceramics, with 3000 objects on display from the earliest Chinese pottery to contemporary ceramic art.”

RISD Museum: The Brilliant Line: An exhibition of engravings from the Early Modern period.

Reunion des Musees Nationaux: A digital collection of art images from French museums.

The Virtual Museum of Iraq: Online exhibition of objects from Iraqi museums created by the Italian National Research Council.

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I Heart Photograph

New York City based curator Laurel Ptak created an online photography blog in 2006 called, I Heart Photograph. She updates the blog with new artists everyday. It’s a great resource for curators, artists and photographers to find interesting shows and contemporary photographers.

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This is a summary of the most recent websites we have added to our del.ici.ous collection of bookmarks, organized by subject.

Fine Arts


The Auteurs

Barlow Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Bronze and Jade

Center for Contemporary Canadian Art Database

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

Architecture/ Design

Access Ceramics

Architecture of the Getty Center

Fold School: Cardboard Furniture

Restoration of the Maya Cities of Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil and Labná

Stewardess Uniform Collection

Liberal Arts

Alaska’s Digital Archives

Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs

New York Public Library Digital Collections




Benaki Museum, Athens

The Model as Muse: Metropolitan Museum

National Media Museum, U.K.

New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

Synthescape: New Media for Museums

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The RISD Archive of Graphic Design and Illustration has a wonderful collection of posters from the classic era of Polish graphic design. Visual Resources Center staff are currently digitizing this fantastic collection, which includes film, theater, music and ballet posters by well-known Polish designers such as Franciszek Starowieyski, Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz and Jan Lenica. We would like to thank Professor Agnieszka Woznicka for her invaluable help translating the text from the posters. 59 digital images of Polish posters have now been added to the RISD Digital Image Database. To find them, log onto RDID with your RISD username and password from a computer on the RISD network, and do a keyword search for “Polish posters”. To see the real thing, make an appointment with Special Collections to visit the Graphic Design Archive.

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AFANA is an organization dedicated to acquiring, promoting and preserving academic film and other historically important films in the fields of art, history, social science, literature and science. With the help of the Internet Archive, they are preserving some truly hidden gems of non-feature film making in the U.S. Check out their website.

One of my favorite films is this lovely little animation of butterflies and dragonflies set to the music of the French Baroque composer Francois Couperin.

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There are so many good images of art and design stuff out there, that we decided it would be good to link to some photostreams from Flickr. The streams will change every couple of days, and if there are any RISD students or faculty out there who want us to link to their artwork, please let us know – your photostream will be featured on our side bar. Your suggestions are very welcome…..

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