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


World Jewelry in RDID

This week we have added a number of digital  images of world jewelry to RDID. They include African work such as Dogon rings, Senufo ankle bracelets and Tuareg necklaces; Indonesian nose rings; Polynesian whale teeth necklaces and many other types of ornament. Click here to see a slideshow of these images. To login to RDID, simply use your RISD username and password.

Art:21 images in RDID

We are very happy to announce that we have recently uploaded into RDID 143 digital images of artwork featured in the television series Art:21, Seasons 1 to 4. To find these images, login to RDID, click on Browse and select the Subject field in the drop-down box. Under subject, click on Art:21 (Television program), and that will allow you to download all the images of artwork from the program. To see individual slideshows, click on the following links:

Art:21 Season 1

Art:21 Season 2

Art:21 Season 3

Art:21 Season 4

RDID Guide Online

The Visual Resources Center has created two step-by-step guides on how to use RDID, the RISD Digital Image Database: a faculty guide and a student guide. Both have in-depth instructions on how to browse and search our digital collections, how to download images for RISD projects, and how to view the RDID slideshows. Be sure to let us know what you think of the guides, and help us improve them.

World Textiles in RDID

A collection of 54 images of contemporary textiles from around the world has been uploaded into the RDID database. They include images of work from Australia, Africa, Japan, Korea, Britain and the U.S. To see it, login to RDID, and click on this link to the World Textiles Slideshow. Enjoy!

RISD Posters Added to RDID

We are very happy to announce that a collection of 360 posters created at RISD for various events has been added to the RISD Digital Image Database. The original collection is held in the Archives department at the RISD Library, and is described by our archivists as follows:

“The posters document events and activities of the students, faculty, and administration of Rhode Island School of Design, 1908 and 1960s-2007. These posters advertise Rhode Island School of Design events, educational programs, exhibitions, lectures, and conferences. A small number of posters, primarily for faculty, document events held outside of RISD. The bulk of the posters are dated from the late 1970s through 2007, and many items are undated. There is one Jewelry Department poster dated 1908. This series contains professionally printed and hand printed posters, many designed or created by students. A variety of materials were used including various types of paper, vinyl wallpaper, fabric, and plastic. Some items are fragile and others have glued on material such as glitter and faux fur.”

Digital images of these posters are now available for study and download by logging onto RDID with your RISD username and password. The following link will take you to a slideshow of highlights of the RISD Poster Collection.

It’s easy to see why Martin Scorsese heaps praise (as well as his name, as presenter) on this film.  Besides the obvious subject matter, Gomorrah has the same type of motions and scope of a Scorsese film: long panning shots that go from vistas to walls to vistas, documentary-style camerawork and quick bursts of violence that feel surprisingly real.  The film focuses on five individuals involved with the Camorra (Naples’s mafia underworld), intertwining their stories with the larger bleak reality of a mafia-controlled existence.  Be sure to check out the features on the second disc, particularly the interview with the director, Matteo Garrone. He discusses how to film a mafia movie in a mafia controlled location (it involves wearing laminates).  Gomorrah is a beautifully rendered vision of a depressing reality.  Though the gangster genre has been updated successfully in the last ten years (think Sopranos….), it’s never felt quite as real as this.