Posts Tagged ‘history’

The RISD library has recently acquired “The Rape of Europa,” a documentary film tracing the Nazi theft of art during World War Two, and the allied armies’ efforts to recover the stolen artworks. The film has been praised both for its rare archive footage, and for its narrative structure, which keeps viewers completely absorbed in the story, despite the fact that the film is over two hours long. The documentary starts with an explanation of the Nazi concept of ‘Degenerate Art’, and it continues with an in-depth examination of the systematic looting policies of the German armies, as they invaded one European country after another. The Rape of Europa is also a meditation on the historical value of cultural artifacts, which has particular significance today, as the real scale of destruction of cultural artifacts in Iraq starts to become better known. Check this link for an interesting review of the film.


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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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Five new image files have been added to the Picture Collection: Fashion Historic 1900-1919, 1920-1925, 1926-1929, and 1930’s. These five fabulous fashion files contain images of the beginnings of couture and the first fashion designers and their houses, such as: Charles Frederick Worth, Maison Redfern, Jeanne Paquin, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, and others. These can be scanned here, photocopied or borrowed. Come in and see them.

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Today is the official launch of the World Digital Library, a joint project between the Library of Congress and UNESCO which creates an “easily-accessible collection of the world’s cultural riches that would tell the stories and highlight the achievements of all countries and cultures.” The library currently holds material in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese, with digital images of culturally significant material from all over the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. All images are available for download for educational purposes, and the quality of the downloads very high. The site is really easy to navigate, so….give it a try!

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