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Eye-popping virtual collections now online


 Open Culture image

Here is a great post from the Open Culture blog written by Ilia Blinderman on 22nd January 2014. Read his post, follow the links and feast your eyes:

“Yesterday, we wrote about the Wellcome Library’s opening up of its digital archives and making over 100,000 medical images freely available online. If you’ve already made your way through this choice selection (or if the prospect of viewing a 19th century leg amputation doesn’t quite pique your curiosity) have no fear. Getty Publications just announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download over 250 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue.

The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne’s late-life watercolours, when the painter raised the still life to a high art (Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, 2004), as well as the woefully underappreciated Flemish illustrations of the 15th and 16th centuries (Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript, 2003).  The collection also contains detailed treatises on art conservation from the Getty Conservation Institute, and scholarly works from the Getty Research Institute, both of which include a multitude of books on specialized topics. Fancy reading about the relationship between Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, the two legendary 17th century painters who lived in the Netherlands’ city of Antwerp? There’s a book on that. Intrigued by all the prostitutes in French impressionism? Try Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era (2003). Perhaps you’re partial to ancient vases, and have already read The Colors of Clay (2006), Pots & Plays (2007), and Greek Vases (1983)? Don’t worry, the Getty’s virtual library has at least 8 more vase-oriented books.

All of the Getty’s virtual library volumes are available in PDF format, and can be added to your Google Books library. If you’re looking for more free art books, don’t miss our post from last year: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Offer 474 Free Art Books Online.

Ilia Blinderman is a Montreal-based culture and science writer. Follow him at @iliablinderman.

Related Content:

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The Getty Puts 4600 Art Images Into the Public Domain (and There’s More to Come)

The National Gallery Makes 25,000 Images of Artwork Freely Available Online

Read 700 Free eBooks Made Available by the University of California Press


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Interaction of Colour

Josef Albers’ Interaction of Colour was first published in 1963. 

Homage to the Square - Aglow, 1963 (oil on board)

To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark book, Yale University Press, the publisher of the original edition, has released the “Interaction of Color” app for the iPad, offering a fresh way to engage with Albers’ lessons.  To read more about Josef Albers and his work, visit the YUP site.

Otherwise, call in to the library, where you will find more recent editions of this work, as well as other titles such as ‘Painting on Paper: Josef Albers in America’, and ‘Josef & Anni Albers: Designs for Living’  .  Full details can be found in the library catalogue by following the links.

Image: Homage to the Square – Aglow, 1963 (oil on board) by Josef Albers,  courtesy of Bridgeman Education

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St David’s Day


Three Daffodils. Photogram by Angela Easterling

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education 

Bridgeman Education is a complete visual resource offering over 410,000 images sourced directly from museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use.  Cardiff Met users can browse our unique archive and access images in teaching, learning, study and research.

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150 Years of the London Underground

Do take a look at this month’s Creative Review which celebrates 150 years of the London Underground.


 “The history of the London Underground is the history of visual communications. We celebrate 150 years of the tube in CR March, where you can read about the evolution of the world-famous roundel, the Underground’s own instantly recognisable typeface, its long tradition of great posters, platform art, maps, much and more…”




Creative Review can also be accessed online through Art Full Text – follow this link to the e journals A – Z , search for Creative Review then follow the link.

You may also find these books of interest … London Undergound Maps: Art, Design and Cartography, London’s Underground Stations: A Social and Architectural Study, Underground Art: London Transport Poster, 1908 to the present, Mr Beck’s Underground Map and the DVD Design Classics

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Free downloads from the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has released over 53,000 low-resolution images free for non comercial use and over 87,000 high-resolution images for academic use via a website facility. This resource has been added to our Database A to Z  and you can also visit the National Portrait Gallery site:

The use of these images is restricted by the Creative Commons Licence so please check how each image can be used by clicking on ‘Use this image’ before downloading.

Henry Moore by Henry Moore 

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V&A free online journal

Victoria and Albert Museum

Follow this link to see issues of this free online journal.  The editor of the journal writes:

‘The V&A Online Journal aims to provide a forum for research papers from scholars inside and outside the museum, in a bid to promote dialogue and open up new ways of interrogating material culture, current design practice, histories of design and all other related fields. Provided that submissions meet the academic standards set by our Editorial team and peer reviewers, we welcome articles for future issues on the history of art, architecture and design relating to the V&A ‘s collections, public programme or institutional history; features focusing on new acquisitions or objects linked to V&A exhibitions; reflections on the educational or creative industries role of the Museum and reviews and previews of V&A publications, conferences or displays.’

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Image of the Week: Walter Gropius

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Walter Gropius (1883-1969) – German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School.

Detail of Desk and Chair, Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, built in 1938 (photo)

 This image (courtesy of Bridgeman Education) is of furniture designed by Gropius, now in Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, built in 1938.

The exhibition – Bauhaus: Art as Life is now on at The Barbican, London, and runs until 12th August 2012.

See the new self study display about The Bauhaus (books, DVDs and journal articles available from the library) in Howard Gardens Library from Friday 25th May.

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