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Are you a Goth? Then you’re surely going to love our collection of images of English Gothic buildings, which we have recently added to RDID. The collection was photographed by RISD professor John Hendrix during the summer of 2009, and the images were optimized and cataloged by Visual Resources Center staff and our brilliant student workers. Eventually, the collection will consist of 629 images of Gothic buildings from all over England. At the moment, we have uploaded 114, but you can watch the collection grow during the next few weeks.

To access the John Hendrix English Gothic Collection, login to RDID with your RISD username and password. You can either see a slideshow with selected images of Gothic buildings, or do a search for the keyword Gothic – that will give you access to the entire collection.

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The RISD Digital Image Database runs on a piece of open source software called MDID, developed at James Madison University, which is used by many other institutions throughout the country to catalog and deliver digital images. Some of these institutions have made part of their digital collections freely available to other MDID users, by incorporating them ‘remotely’ into local image databases. The Visual Resources Center is proud to announce the incorporation into the RDID database of the following image collections:

  • Art Images for College Teaching: Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) is a personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl, consisting of 2,900 records. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large.
  • Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: A collection of 106 digital images taken from “Battles and Leaders of the Civil War,” issued serially in 1887-1888 by Century Magazine. The massive four-volume set consisted of articles, memoirs, and reminiscences, which quickly became accepted as the comprehensive (and surprisingly unbiased) account of the War. According to the digital set’s author, Allan Kohl, “the nearly 3000 pages of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War featured more than a thousand maps, engraved portraits, spot designs, and other original artwork created by some of America’s top illustrators. These included familiar names such as A. R. Waud and Winslow Homer, men who had been highly regarded as field correspondent sketch artists during the actual conflict. But Century also commissioned new illustrations from the outstanding military subject specialists of its own day, artists such as J. O. Davidson, H. A. Ogden, and Isaac Walton Taber. This project contains a selection of over one hundred of the best examples from among these illustrations, including both battle scenes and camp life, along with details of weapons and uniforms.”
  • English Architecture: The James Collection of English Architecture (c.1100-1800 CE) was photographed by Sara Nair James, professor of Renaissance Art at Mary Baldwin College, Virginia, and consists of 648 digital images and their accompanying records. The archive includes cathedrals and parish churches from the Norman Romanesque period; ecclesiastical buildings in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles; Medieval secular architecture including castles, marketplaces and town halls; Perpendicular Gothic collegiate buildings; Tudor, Elizabethan, Baroque and Neoclassical country houses and churches.
  • Historic Illustrations of Art & Architecture: The 297 historic illustrations included in this project by Allan Kohl were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. “These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines…. Anyone wishing to use these images for teaching and research purposes should bear this in mind. Moreover, some of these illustrations may no longer reflect current scholarship due to ongoing research and critical reassessment of individual sites and works since their original publication. Therefore, the use of these images for pedagogical purposes should be complemented as necessary by comparison with updated plans, drawings, and photographs of the subject works and sites.” [ Allan Kohl]
  • Historic Posters (1880 – 1918): This collection, also created by Allan Kohl, consists of 162 digital images of late-nineteenth and early twentieth century European posters. In the words of the collection’s author, “In the late nineteenth century, lithographers began to use mass-produced zinc plates rather than stones in their printing process. This innovation allowed them to prepare multiple plates, each with a different color ink, and to print these with close registration on the same sheet of paper. Posters in a range of colors and variety of sizes could now be produced quickly, at modest cost. Skilled illustrators and graphic designers – such as Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec — quickly began to exploit this new technology; the “Golden Age of the Poster” (1880s through the First World War) was the spectacular result. This collection of over one hundred and sixty digital images of historic posters from this period was originally compiled to support the teaching of Design History and Graphic Design courses at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design…. All of these works are in the public domain under United States Copyright Law.”
  • John Tenniel and the American Civil War: Political Cartoons from Punch, 1860-1865: “John Tenniel is best known as the original illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Before teaming up with Lewis Carroll, he was the chief cartoonist for the British periodical Punch, a weekly journal of political and social satire, and is regarded as one of the pioneers in developing the genre of the political cartoon as we know it today. Each issue of Punch featured a “principal cartoon,” printed full page on a single side of the paper for highest quality reproduction under the standards of the time. Between 1860-1865 Tenniel produced some 56 cartoons commenting on the conflict in America from a sometimes very biased British perspective. These would be of potential interest to anyone dealing with topics such as the history of diplomacy and international relations during the Civil War, the development of the political cartoon as a genre, or the relationship of popular illustration to high art. Because Tenniel maintained high standards of draftsmanship, and as Punch appealed to an erudite upper class readership, these cartoons offer fascinating insights into the social life of Victorian England, and also provide useful resources for costume and design history.” [ Allan Kohl]
  • Madison Art Collection: James Madison University’s collection of 1035 art images is quite varied, ranging from the late Neolithic Period (3,000 BCE) to contemporary art. Areas where it has strengths include the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, West Africa, and Russian religious art. It also contains a large number of paintings by the 19th and 20th century American landscape artists, Walter and Eliot Clark. Further the Madison Art Collection is an official repository of arts and crafts objects created in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), including quilts, prints, and paintings.

To download images from these remote collections, login to RDID, go to the Search page, and check the box next to the collection’s name. Users can then do keyword searches within each specific collection, and download the images by clicking on the floppy disk icon below the thumbnails. For cross-collection searching, check as many boxes as needed, and use keyword searches.

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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

Museums

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.

Museums

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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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

ArtBabble

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

Smarthistory

Ubuweb

Museums

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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