ArtsCorner: Three Digital Image Collections

Museums, university libraries and other cultural institutions are sharing more and more of their unique and special collections online. Here are three digital collections of high quality art images worth perusing.


Art of the Poster 1880-1918
Lawrence University, in collaboration with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, presents poster images from the late nineteenth century in its Digital Library Collection. Graphic designers and illustrators like Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are represented throughout the collection. In addition, other artists from art periods like Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession are also prominent within this digital repository of images.

CVMA German Picture Archive: Medieval Stained Glass

The Corpus Vitrearum Deutschland is part of the International Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA), which was founded to share the entire stock of medieval stained glass in museums in Europe, Canada and the United States. The CVMA German Picture Archive includes over 500 high quality photographs of stained glass, available to the public for teaching and research. Detail views of the stained glass include location information plotted on a Google Map. Website and associated search function available in German.

Database of Virtual Art

The Database of Virtual Art documents the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art.  The web-based, cost-free instrument – appropriate to the needs of process art – allows individuals to post material themselves. Compiling video documentation, technical data, interfaces, displays, and literature offers a unique answer to the needs of the field. All works can be linked with exhibiting institutions, events and bibliographical references.  The database allows you to browse and search by artist, aesthetic, genre, thematical keywords and technology.

Image information: 1. L’Ermitage, revue illustree, Paul Berthon, 1897 2. Scene from the Old Testament (Noah’s Ark), 1430-31 3. LAb[au], Touch, an interactive urban installation, 2006


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Art Librarian at Purchase College Library

Posted on September 15, 2011, in arts corner. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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