Friday, August 15, 2008

Royal Academy of Arts Collections

The Royal Academy of Arts has just launched its new online catalogue to its permanent collections. The RA Collections website enables you to search and explore the RA’s collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, historic books, archives, historic photographs and plaster casts. There are specific search screens for searching the works of art, books or archive collections, or if you select Search all the Collections you can search across everything in the collection at once. It is also possible to browse the collections via the Names A-Z and Academicians links. Clicking on the Academicians link brings up an alphabetical list of all past and present Royal Academicians. Clicking on a name in the list brings up a Member’s page containing biographical information about the artist or architect, including any posts they held within the RA, plus a list of all the works of art, historic books and archival documents relating to them in the Collection.