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Artstor has released more than 17,000 new images from leading museums across North America, bringing the total number for these four diverse collections in the Artstor Digital Library to nearly 40,000.* Though anchored in North America, these institutions’ works range from artists across continents and across subject matter: from Canadian landscapes and Puerto Rican art to Asian decoration and Russian photography.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has contributed more than 10,000 additional images of their global permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total to over 15,500.*

The existing selection from Houston in Artstor offers a comprehensive view and highlights the collection, encompassing diverse curatorial areas, including ancient Egyptian sculpture, Japanese earthenware, Renaissance painting, American colonial silver, film, and contemporary design. The new contribution is notable for its extensive coverage of the museum’s distinctive collection of photography.
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Southern Song dynasty. Four dragons in mists and clouds, detail. mid-13th century. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved

Southern Song dynasty. Four dragons in mists and clouds, detail. mid-13th century. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has contributed approximately 6,900 additional images* of works in diverse media across its broad and comprehensive collecting areas to the Artstor Digital Library. The extensive selection in Artstor features highlights from the encyclopedic collection including ancient works from different cultures; the arts of many countries across Asia; icons of western painting, both European and American; works on paper; sculpture and decorative arts; and the creations and artifacts of indigenous civilizations across the Americas.
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Lucius Richard O'Brien. Northern Head of Grand Manan. 1879. Image and original data provided by the Art Gallery of Ontario | ago.net

Lucius Richard O’Brien. Northern Head of Grand Manan. 1879. Image and original data provided by the Art Gallery of Ontario | ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has contributed approximately 120 additional images of its diverse permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total to over 600 images.*

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John Frederick Peto. Books on a Shelf. c. 1854-1907. Image and original data provided by the Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.

John Frederick Peto. Books on a Shelf. c. 1854-1907. Image and original data provided by the Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.

The Museo de Arte de Ponce has contributed nearly 100 images of its celebrated permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library.* The selection includes many favorites from the museum best known for its European, Pre-Raphaelite, and Caribbean paintings.

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Hagia Sophia

Isidore of Miletus, Anthemios of Tralles. Hagia Sophia, interior: Apse. 532-537, image: July 2013. Photography by Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.

Have you ever wanted a better understanding of how an artwork or architectural detail was originally intended to be viewed?

Artstor’s Virtual Reality Panoramas are a wonderful option for viewing works in situ–no travel required. These 360-degree panoramas of world architecture allow you to navigate the interiors of cathedrals, mosques, palazzos, libraries, castles, and more. Using Comparison Mode, you can study artworks alongside panoramic views of the spaces in which they are installed. Continue Reading »

UScoll8Each year we hold user group meetings at VRA and ARLIS (conferences focusing on art librarianship and the use of visual resources in education, respectively) to give our core community of librarians the latest Artstor news and answer their questions. This year, we met with groups from around the country in New York and Philadelphia to share updates about Artstor’s platform and collections, and engaged in lively discussions about the new site and what’s to come. For those unable to attend, we’re providing a roundup of our sessions. Continue Reading »