Friday, February 27, 2009

Birds, Bees and Blooms

"Presented here is a selection of some of the wonderful natural history books now in the care of Glasgow University Library's Special Collections." Features images from John James Audubon's "Birds of America," Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" Robert Hooke's "Micrographia," and others. Includes a selected bibliography. From the Special Collections Department, Library, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Link: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/ecology/
Access: Free

Yale Environment

This online publication provides reports, opinion, analysis, interviews, and other material about the environment. Browse by world regions or by topics such as biodiversity, climate, energy, forests, and water. Also includes an environmental news digest. A publication of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Link: http://e360.yale.edu/
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Picturing Words

This exhibit explores book illustration as inspiration (sacred texts and letterforms), information (geography and travel, natural history, and anatomy), and influence (such as product literature and architecture). It also includes details about the process of illustration, and selected readings and online resources. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Link: http://www.sil.si.edu/exhibitions/PicturingWords/
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Birds by Edward Lear

Exhibit about Edward Lear, who "is best remembered for his Nonsense, the preposterous rhymes and sketches loved by generations of children. ... This exhibit focuses on a brief period of Lear's youth [when] ... he created some of the most extraordinary images of birds ever made." Features examples of his illustrations of birds such as the parrot, crow, toucan, and owl. Also includes limericks and a brief bibliography. From Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.
Link: http://exhibits.mannlib.cornell.edu/lear/
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Intimate Circles

This exhibit "explores the lives of women -- writers, artists, publishers, performers, collaborators, and community builders -- whose energies set in motion lasting aesthetic and cultural practices. The women portrayed here lived primarily in the late-nineteenth through the mid- twentieth centuries." Features essays on the Chicago Renaissance, expatriates, Harlem Renaissance, New York, and the southwest and associated annotated images (also viewable by name or profession). From the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Link: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/awia/
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Maria Sibylla Merian

Companion website to an exhibition that charts the artistic and scientific explorations of German artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) and her daughters Johanna Helena and Dorothea Maria who raised the artistic standards of natural history illustration and helped transform the field of entomology, the study of insects. Features a slideshow with commentary, images, an essay, and bug coloring pages. From the Getty Museum.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/merian/
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Wellcome Institute Films

212 films from the Wellcome Institute have just been added to Film and Sound Online. The films cover the evolution of medicine and health over the past 100 years. Many of the films were originally made for professional audiences such as doctors, surgeons, nurses and students of medicine, so be prepared for some "hands-on" footage of clinical procedures and actual operations!
Link: http://www.filmandsound.ac.uk
Access: Athens account required

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Arctic Exploration

The Ice: Victorian Romance website was published by the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri, to accompany an exhibition, held from 1 May to 13 September, 2008, of rare books and journals that commemorated the British "infatuation with the
Arctic". The exploration of the Arctic began in the early 19th century with small naval expeditions. Illustrated journals and books were produced by the naval officers, some of whom were accomplished artists, which showed images of icebergs, Inuit seal-hunters, harbours in the winter, snow houses, walruses, and maps (as the new territories were explored and mapped). By 1860, a deeper understanding of the prehistoric past, glaciers, and the Ice Age had been arrived at, the route of the Northwest Passage had been discovered, and the remainder of the Arctic coast and much of the archipelago had been explored and mapped.
Link: http://www.lindahall.org/events_exhib/exhibit/exhibits/ice/
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Julien Vallee

The striking creations of Canadian-born graphic designer Julien Vallée incorporate splendid handcraft and digital technology. There's a video interview with him of the Gestalten website.
Link: http://www.gestalten.com/news/detail?id=2674
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Culture24

The 24 Hour Museum website has re-launched as Culture24.
Link: http://www.culture24.org.uk
Access: Free

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Elizabeth Shippen Green

Petal from the Rose: Illustrations by Elizabeth Shippen Green is an online presentation published by the Library of Congress of an exhibition formerly held at the Library's Swann Gallery of Caricature and Cartoon from 28 June to 29 September 2001.
The site recounts the life and career of Green as one of the most renowned illustrators at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries for Harper's Monthly Magazine. Green's style strongly reflects the Art Nouveau school of the period, and the site comments on her use of domestic themes. Subpages describe Green's working methods and then provide scanned works in themed sections entitled, Gardens; Darkness; Youth; and Storied Past.
Link: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/petal/petal.html
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Posters as Portraits

The Ballyhoo! website was published by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to accompany an exhibition held there from 9 May, 2008 to 8 February, 2009, on portraiture in posters. The exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery's collections examined how a famous face could "enhance a poster, and, conversely, how posters have defined reputations of prominent Americans".
The website includes sections on the following subject areas: broadsheets and show posters; the poster craze (about art nouveau posters in Paris); wartime propaganda; export of American culture; the product and the promise (about product advertising); politics and protest; postermania of the 1960s; and film and music advertising.
Link: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/ballyhoo/
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Structured Spaces

The National Gallery's "Structured Spaces" webpage brings together paintings within the gallery's collections that have particular architectural relevance. The site is an extension of the "Structured Spaces Audio Tour" - an audio trail through the gallery created in 2005 to celebrate architecture week.
The site is divided into sections: World of Interiors; Building in Symbolism; Ruins and Regeneration; The Idealised City; A Brave New World and London Landmarks. Each section has thorough descriptions of the paintings, explaining how architecture plays an important part in them.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/cuqpfg
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive is a growing collection (currently just over 1,000) of beautifully-designed book covers. All the books are indexed–and searchable–by author, designer, illustrator, publication date, art director, photographer, and even by typeface.
Link: http://www.bookcoverarchive.com/
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Latin American Cartonera

The Latin American Cartonera Publishers Database serves to bring together information and digital images of the cartonera literary art publishing movement from various Latin American cities. The University of Wisconsin, Madison has gathered together examples of the recycled books from Argentina, where the movement began in 2003 and also from Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay and Brazil to provide exceptional documentation of the group. Each individual record provides: digital images of the front and back cover of the book; the title page; bibliographical and descriptive information.
Link: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/Arts/subcollections/EloisaCartAbout.html
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Visual Culture in Spanish America

The Visual Culture in Spanish America website offers material for students and teachers of visual culture in Latin America between 1520 and 1820. Images of paintings, sculptures, architectural monuments, and objects of daily life from Spanish America between 1520 and 1820 are available together with anthropological and historical information. The material can be accessed via a set of themes or through the gallery. The themes cover different topics, such as: the Pre-Columbian; everyday objects; mestizaje; the mechanics of art; political image; and otherworldly visions. Each theme section includes a brief introduction and history of the topic, a gallery of images of selected objects, and a bibliography.
Link: http://www.smith.edu/vistas/
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Camberwell Material Library

The Camberwell Material Library is a wiki that has been set up by Camberwell College of Arts 3D Technician Isabelle Tasseff-Elenkoff, as a research tool and online resource for all students and staff across the University of the Arts London. Relating to design courses that use materials in the 3D design process, the online library provides information about materials, such as plastics, hardwoods, and non-ferrous metals. It also includes YouTube videos and podcasts of some material technology, such as electroplating, enamelling, and sandblasting, and acts as "a virtual address book of industry contacts".
Link: http://cltad.arts.ac.uk/groups/camberwellmateriallibrary/
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Charles Darwin

The 'Charles Darwin After the 'Origin'' website is published by the Cornell University Library, and Museum of the Earth, in Ithaca, New York, to accompany exhibitions held at both locations between February and September, 2009.
The exhibitions celebrated the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark work in evolutionary biology, 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life'. After 1859, Darwin continued to study the natural world, conducting his experiments from his home, Down House in Kent. As one of the last men of science to work from home, he studied a diverse range of subjects, including botany, the movement of soil made by earthworms, sexual selection, human descent, and the expression of the emotions. The website features sections and annotated images from the exhibition on topics such as: orchids and insectivorous plants; different forms of flowers; climbing plants; domesticated animals and plants.
Link: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/darwin/
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Digital Wordsworth

'From Goslar to Grasmere: William Wordsworth Electronic Manuscripts' is an online collection of images and transcriptions of the poet William Wordsworth's draft materials and letters. Materials provided online include: information on the project and its aims; letters and biographical details relating to the Wordsworths during the period 1798 - 1800; contemporary maps of the Lake District; images and transcripts of the manuscripts of Wordsworth's 'Prelude' and 'Home at Grasmere'; articles relating to the dating and relationship of the various manuscripts; and related film clips.
Link: http://www.digitalwordsworth.org/
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Glenn Brown

In conjunction with the new Glenn Brown exhibition at Tate Liverpool, the Tate has just released this online slide game. Glenn Brown is fascinated by the way that images are changed when they are reproduced. Here you can play around with his work and maybe make a masterpiece of your own.
Link: http://glennbrown.atthetate.com/
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Artists Interpret Children's Dreams

"The monster of colours has no mouth” is a collection of children’s dreams illustrated by various artists worldwide.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogeromar/sets/1835379/
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Perfume Bottles

Website for this museum that provides background about the "historical and geographical evolution of perfume bottles." Features history of perfumery and perfume bottles in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and other eras. Click on "Search Bottles" to see hundreds of examples of perfume bottles. The "Commercial Perfumery" section also includes photos of perfume designers such as Chanel and Dior. In English, Spanish, and Catalan.
Link: http://www.museudelperfum.com/
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Getty Curricula

Collection of education materials for art history topics such as symbolism in sculpture, expression of emotions through art, mythology in European art, and artful women. Includes lesson plans focusing on Neoclassicism, Impressionism, contemporary art, still-life painting, photography, ceramics, and decorative arts, among others. From the Getty Museum.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/education/search/curricula.html
Access: Free

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night

The Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night website was published to accompany an exhibition, of the same name, held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, from 21 September, 2008 to 5 January, 2009. The exhibition explored Van Gogh's night-time landscapes and how his nocturnal paintings were fired by his vivid imagination. The website provides enlargeable images of Van Gogh's paintings, pencil and ink drawings, and letters, from all periods of his career, under the following headings: early landscapes; peasant life; sowers and wheatfields; poetry of the night: the town; and poetry of the night: the country. A section on Van Gogh's literary influences, including Hans Christian Andersen and Émile Zola, is included. The website also contains an audio commentary for the exhibition, and for some of the works shown, and a map marking some of the places that Van Gogh visited and lived in.
Link: http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2008/vangoghnight/
Access: Free

Celtic Connections

You can watch videos of all the performances at this year's Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, arranged A-Z on the BBC Website.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/music/celticconnections/2009/artists/
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mies in Berlin and America

Published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), this website records two exhibitions that were held in New York in 2001: Mies in Berlin, held at MoMA from 21 June to 11 September, and Mies in America, held at the Whitney Museum from 21 June to 23 September.
The Mies in Berlin exhibition focused on the early career of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, from the time that he arrived in Berlin in 1905 to when he emigrated to the United States in 1938.
The Mies in America exhibition was the "first comprehensive examination of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's architectural career in the United States".
Mies was a German architect, who, along with his European contemporaries, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the key architects of modern architecture. Known for his clarity and simplicity, he was a pioneer of modernist design. He was the director of the avant-garde Bauhaus school of architecture from 1930 to 1933, when it was closed down by the Nazi regime.
Link: http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2001/mies/
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Scottish Witchcraft


The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft was a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It created a database of information about people accused of witchcraft in Scotland between 1563 and 1736. This can now be searched free of charge via the website or downloaded in its entirety, offering insight into biographical information about alleged witches, trials and persecution of witches and the culture, folklore and practice of witchcraft in Scotland. The site also includes a bibliography of further readings about Scottish witchcraft.
Link: http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/Research/witches/index.html
Access: Free

Monday, February 09, 2009

Intercultural Film Database

This is the website for the Intercultural Film Database. The website is based on a project seminar run by the University of Hildesheim, Germany. The database would be of interest to media and culture students who want to research intercultural outlooks on film. The film analyses on the website are contributions from students who present their findings. The contributions vary in style, scope and degree of detail. The glossary lists cultural words. One can browse films listed alphabetically, search by feature such as culture, cultural dimensions, actor or director. One can also do full text search.
Links: http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/interculturalfilm/
Access: Free

National Galleries of Scotland on Flickr

The National Galleries of Scotland has joined the online photo sharing website Flickr Commons.
Now you can rifle through over 100 photographs from the Photography Collection ranging from portraits of Greyfriars Bobby to views of the pyramids of Saqqara in Egypt.
Link: http://flickr.com/photos/nationalgalleries/
Access: Free

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Creepy Crawlies

The Creepy-Crawlies website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title that was held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University .
The aim of the exhibition was to present illustrations of insects from their children's books collection. As the introduction points out, young readers are encouraged to identify with cute furry animals, but insects "are frequently represented in ways that provoke fear, disgust, and annoyance, with the notable exception of books on microscopy or natural history".
The website provides 16 enlargeable images of children's book illustrations, with detailed annotations.
Link: http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/cotsen/exhibitions/CreepyCrawlies/
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Gary Baseman

Illustrator and comic artist Gary Baseman explains from where his humour and illustrated characters derive.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Listen to Lenin

The British Library's Voices of History resource allows users to listen to historic speeches and recordings by figures such as Lenin and Bertrand Russell.
Link: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/voiceshist/index.html
Access: Free

Taking Liberties

The British Library's interactive resource Taking Liberties explores the struggles for Britain's freedoms and rights, and the debate surrounding current controversies such as trial without jury and 48-day detention without charge. The site includes curator's blogs, podcasts, and Facebook applications
Link: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/takingliberties/interactive.html
Access: Free

Beatrix Potter: Fabulist

The Beatrix Potter: Fabulist website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University in 2004, to celebrate the publication of the Beatrix Potter Collection of Lloyd E. Cotsen.
The website provides 16 enlargeable images, with annotations, of Beatrix Potter's well-known animal characters, which are based on her detailed drawings of animals, wildlife and the natural world, as well as on character drawings by other children's book illustrators. Some of these are shown alongside Potter's illustrations, and they not only show the influence that earlier artists had on Potter, put also put Potter's artwork in to the context of late 19th-century children's book illustration.
Link: http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/cotsen/exhibitions/BeatrixPotter/
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Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture

The J. Paul Getty Museum website has provided this online resource about the Bernini exhibition held at the Getty Center from 5 August to 26 October, 2008, which was entitled `Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture'.
Twenty of nearly 60 Baroque works from public and private collections featured in the exhibition are available to view on the website in a slideshow, which enables users to zoom in on particular features, and listen to an audio commentary, where available. The website also provides a link to an audio overview of the exhibition. The text of the website discusses Bernini and his work in short sections, under the following headings: What is Baroque?; The Barberini Family in Rome; and Absolute Art for Absolute Power. Each section is illustrated with one of Bernini`s portrait busts. A link is also provided to a two-minute video on carving marble with traditional tools.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/bernini/
Access: Free

Monday, February 02, 2009

Marcel Breuer Papers

'Marcel Breuer Papers 1920-1986' is a website which provides access to the papers of Marcel Breuer in the Archives of American Art, at the Smithsonian Institution, New York City Research Center. They were digitized in 2005 from 32 reels of microfilm, totaling 42,734 images.
Architect and furniture designer Breuer was born in Hungary in 1902 and died in 1981 in New York City. He studied and taught at the Bauhaus until 1928. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, business and financial records, writings, project files, interviews, notes, sketches, exhibition files, and photographs.
Link: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collectionsonline/breumarc/
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Book of Eclipses

The Bibliodyssey blog has just made available digitised images from 'Eclipses luminarium summa fide et accurata diligentia supputatae, ac figuris coloribusque suis artificiose depictae, quarum rationes ab anno domini 1554. usque in annum domini 1600. se extendunt et ad meridianum Viennae Austriae referuntur" by Cyprian Leowitz.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/01/book-of-eclipses.html
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