Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Werner Herzog


This is the official website of German film director, producer and writer Werner Herzog. There is a news section; a complete list of films giving brief information with a photo gallery; a list of his books and a list of books about him.
Link: http://www.wernerherzog.com/
Access: Free

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.
Link: http://www.racollection.org.uk
Access:
Free

Thursday, August 14, 2008

East African Photographs


The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African photographs is housed at Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University. Assembled by a British collector it is a rich source of images of East Africa during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Coverage is particularly strong in terms of portraits of contemporary Africans, depictions of social change and urbanisation in Africa and the development of European colonial administration during the period. Over 100 sample photographs from the collection can be viewed online from the website.
Link: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/africana/winterton/index.html
Access: Free

Satirical London


Companion website to "and exhibition of visual satire produced in and about London over three centuries." Browse images and essays on themes such as London print shops, English and Italian caricature, loan contractors, professions and trades, the fashionable, and royalty and celebrity. From the Museum of London.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/59ad8p
Access:
Free

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Soviet Posters from the National Library of Scotland


The National Library of Scotland has made a selection of Soviet posters from its Woodburn Collection available on Flickr.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlscotland/
Access: Free

Friday, August 08, 2008

Folk Archive Resource North East


Created and managed by ExploreMusic at the Sage, Gateshead, in partnership with Gateshead Council and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Folk Archive Resource North East (FARNE) website is an extensive online archive and database of information about folk music in the North East of England. It includes access to 4,000 songs, tunes, sound recordings, manuscripts, printed materials, engravings, ephemera and photographs from across the region. It is possible to perform a simple or advanced search or to browse the database by format, person, place, collection, theme or keyword.
Link: http://www.asaplive.com/FARNE/Home.cfm
Access: Free

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

17th Century Engravings of Scottish Towns


In 1693 the first ever pictorial survey of Scotland was published by military engineer John Slezer. Theatrum Scotiae is his volume of detailed engravings of how Scottish towns and buildings appeared over 300 years ago. You can search for them here by place name, and browse by place and subject.
Link:
http://www.nls.uk/slezer/index.html
Access: Free

Monday, August 04, 2008

Piranesi as Designer

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has provided this Web version of an exhibition held from 14 September 2007 to 20 January 2008 on Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), and his role as a designer. Featuring both Piranesi`s drawings and objects which have been influenced by his designs, this online resource is organised under two headings: `Design' featuring his designs for wall panels, clocks, candelabrum, commodes, and chimneypieces, and `Influence' which features works by Sir John Soane, Robert Adam, Thomas Hope as well as designs by modern architects, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, which have been influenced by Piranesi`s designs. The images in each section are organised under different headings, such as architecture, drawings, objects, and prints, with some images appearing under a number of these headings.
Link: http://piranesi.cooperhewitt.org/
Access: Free

Hedda Hammer Morrison


Harvard College Library has provided this website on the German-born photographer Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991). The Harvard Yenching Library holds almost 5,000 of Morrison's photographs and 10,000 negatives, which she took and mounted in 28 albums, whilst she was resident in China from 1933 to 1946. As well as a listing of the contents of these albums, this website provides a chronology of the photographer, together with publications on Hedda Morrison and a selected bibliography of her published photographs. These photographs document lifestyles, trades, handicrafts, landscapes, religious practices and architectural structures.
Link: http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/harvard-yenching/collections/morrison/
Access: Free

Constable's Clouds


The Courtauld Institute of Art`s website, called Art and Architecture has provided this meterologist's view of an artist`s cloud studies. Professor of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Head of Mathematics, Meterology and Physics at the University of Reading, Ian James considers the 19 pencil sketches from life of clouds and skyscapes made by John Constable after his move to Hampstead in 1821. Although it has been suggested that these sketches were based on Alexander Cozen`s `Engravings of Skies' Professor James believes that Constable sketched actual conditions as each sketch is accompanied with notes on the time of day and weather conditions. He also believes that this series of sketches were drawn on a single day of unstable fairly windy conditions, and images are provided of Constable`s sketches of dawn, mid-morning, afternoon and evening. A glossary and reading list are also provided.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/6g2ymb
Access: Free

Pochoirs

This online exhibition of pochoir images is hosted by the Smithsonian Institution website. Called `Vibrant Visions' this collection of pochoir illustrations have been selected from the collection in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum library, and can be viewed either by category; by artist, illustrator, designer; or by journals and books. Artists include Sonia Delaunay and George Barbier. Particuarly popular in France in the early 1900s, pochoir prints are richly coloured illustrations that are created by using a stencil process. The 35 images in this resource feature designs for interiors, furniture, decorative book bindings, fashion plates and colourful patterns. A useful bibliography is also provided, as well as information on the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library.
Link: http://www.sil.si.edu/ondisplay/pochoir/
Access: Free

Industrial Drawings


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries website has provided this online exhibition of `Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian`. The 77 objects in this exhibition represent industrial drawings in the collections of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and range from working drawings to more finished designs, with some printed either as sales material or as part of a patent application. The exhibition is arranged under four headings; `Working it out', `Convincing', `Controlling' and 'Recording' and each image is accompanied by a brief description. The site can also be searched by the nine designers and engineers represented in this exhibition.
Link: http://www.sil.si.edu/exhibitions/doodles/
Access: Free

Festival of Britain Film


The National Archives website has provided online access to a documentary film on the Festival of Britain held in London in 1951. Originally produced in 1951 as a public information film for the Central Office of Information for Commonwealth Retlations Office, this nine-minute film can be viewed with a Windows Media Player or QuickTime in either high or low quality. This colour film shows all the various areas of the festival with a large number of visitors enjoying the facilities, as well as an overview of sculptures, demonstrations and objects on display. The last section features the funfair and activities held at Battersea as part of this festival. Six film screenshots are also provided, together with a text version of the film.
Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1945to1951/filmpage_fil.htm
Access: Free

Exploring 20th Century London


The `Exploring 20th Century London' website has provided this resource on art and design that was influenced by the city itself. A general overview is given with links to more detailed information and images relating to artists and designers particularly connected with London, including the designer of the Tube Map, Henry (Harry) Beck; poster artist Tom Eckersley; station designer Leslie Green and fashion designer, Mary Quant. Pages also cover relevant organisations such as Biba, Picture Post and Whitefriars, and subjects such as Art Deco style, London Fashion designers, London Transport posters and war artists.
Link: http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.37
Access: Free

Europa Film Treasures


Europa Film Treasures is a substantial EU-funded online archive of classic vintage films from across Europe. The 50 digitised films can be viewed online and they date from 1895 to the 1970s. The films have been drawn from film institutes across Europe and beyond. Films are presented with a short history and description.
Link: http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu/
Access: Free