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Natural History Images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of libraries that are digitizing materials pertaining to biodiversity within their collections. While the majority of the digital collection contains text and scientific literature, the books and historic journals and albums the BHL is digitizing often contain high quality natural history images.

The BHL is pulling the images from their digital library and hosting them online in Flickr, with minimal metadata in the Flickr record and a link back to the official record in the BHL digital library for a full catalog record. There are more than 1,600 sets of images in the BHL’s Flickr collection, making it a fantastically rich resource for natural history images in the public domain.

For more information, check out the BHL Flickr page!

Image from Flore médicale /. Paris: Imprimerie de C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1828-1832.

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Adobe Kuler

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Adobe Kuler is an iPhone app that allows you to create a themed color palette based on photos taken with an iPhone camera or from imported photos from the web (the app provides you with a Google Images search option, which is convenient). As soon as you show the Kuler app an image, it starts capturing colors from the image and creates a customizable color theme. You can also create themes manually using the color wheel and standard color rules—analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary). The themes are editable, and you can sync them with your Adobe account and the Creative Cloud and can be used for design purposes—it works especially well with Adobe Illustrator.

For more information about the Kuler app, visit the web version‘s color wheel or the app. We have the app installed on the VRC’s iPad, so feel free to come check it out!

The image examples are left: my desk in the VRC and right: Sandy Skoglund’s Revenge of the Goldfish (1981).

Via Wired

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Use F4 in PowerPoint to Simplify Formatting of Text and Objects

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PowerPoint is great for putting together image presentations, but it isn’t the greatest design software. Having to apply the same set of commands to individual slides can get old fast, but that’s where the F4 key comes into play: it allows you to repeat the last command or keystroke you just did.

For example, if you wanted to italicize titles, or change the text to white, or change the justification of text boxes (or images!) you should highlight the first instance, open the font dialog box (Format > Font) and make all of the changes to the text at once. When you want to make the same changes in the next instance, highlight the text, press F4, and the same set of edits will be immediately applied.

Another useful PowerPoint tip: To quickly change the background to black and the text to white on your entire presentation, click on the Themes tab and choose the “Black” option, third in the list.

Feel free to contact us if you’re having difficulty formatting your PowerPoint or KeyNote presentations, or check out our page on Displaying Images to see some other resources about creating presentations.

Via Tech For Luddites

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Hand-Colored De Bry Engravings of 1590

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Picturing the New World: The Hand-Colored De Bry Engravings of 1590 is a resource from UNC Libraries that presents the digitized engravings Theodore De Bry (1528–98) illustrated for A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. These hand-colored engravings were based on the watercolors of John White, who became part of the first British colony in North America, which was established off the coast of what is now North Carolina in 1585. Although the colonists were only there for about a year, White painted the environment and people of North America.

In 1588, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia was published, containing stories and descriptions about the new land. De Bry worked directly from John White’s watercolors to create 27 engravings for the illustrated edition to create what would be the first published images of Native Americans. However, the digital collection notes:

While the De Bry engravings shown on this site represent the earliest published images of Native Americans, viewers should be careful not to interpret these as accurate depictions of the inhabitants of North Carolina in the late sixteenth century. The images shown here are twice removed from John White’s original watercolors. In the engravings created by Theodore De Bry, there are many subtle but significant changes from White’s originals: the facial structure of most of the people has been altered, resulting in portraits that look more like Europeans; the musculature on most of the people is much more defined in the De Bry engravings; and the poses of many of the subjects seem to reflect classical statuary. The colorist for this volume has contributed to the distortion of the original images by adding a pale skin tone and blonde hair to some of the people and decorating much of the vegetation in colors that are unlike anything that occurs naturally in this part of the world.

For more information and to explore the digital collection, visit Picturing the New World: The Hand-Colored De Bry Engravings of 1590.

 

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Media History Digital Library

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The Media History Digital Library provides access to classic media periodicals that are in the public domain through a collaboration with the Internet Archive. Users can browse by collection or search Lantern, the MHDL’s search platform, which provides full-text search for a select number of titles. Titles can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF. The MHDL describes their mission:

We are a non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning. We have currently scanned over 800,000 pages, and that number is growing.

Our Collections feature Extensive Runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines. Click on the arrows below to learn more about these periodicals and select volumes to download and read. You’ll find more material and options at our Collections page.

For more information, visit the Media History Digital Library!

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From the Archives: Guggenheim’s Online Exhibition Catalogs

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has made nearly 100 exhibition catalogs freely available online as part of a digitized collection called “From the Archives.” Their offering of catalogs includes single-artist exhibitions as well as multi-artist exhibitions about movements or styles, and some stand alone essays published by the museum.

The Guggenheim has made other library resources available digitally in the collection Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century: Digitized Highlights from the Libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force. And the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently made a trove of digitized exhibition catalogs available in MetPublications.

 

 

 

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Artsy Launches New iPhone App

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We’ve been covering the news about Artsy since its launch in October 2012 and the announcement earlier this month that it is releasing more than 25,000 images for download. Their next big move is the debut of an iPhone app that takes full advantage of many features in the newly released iOS 7.

The Artsy App is free to downloaded and is updated daily. Currently, it contains more than 50,000 high quality images of artworks that can be searched or browsed across several categories, including subject matter, medium/technique, and style and movement. The app also contains up-to-date information about art world happenings, including exhibitions, art fairs, and auctions.

You can take advantage of the new Parallax feature in iOS 7, which helps Artsy’s feature “View in Room” to engage with artworks as if they were in a gallery setting. Users can also email works of art, save, copy, and print directly from within the app.

We’ve installed the Artsy App on the VRC’s iPad, so feel free to check it out on your own or swing by the VRC to see ours!

Via ArtDaily.

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New Guide to Citing Images of Art

The VRC has added a new guide to Citing Images and Other Arts-Related Sources to our website! This rounds out a trio of new guides this fall, all geared towards helping you manage the “stuff” of art history— Citing Images, Managing Images, and Photographing & Editing Images.

We hope to see you this afternoon for a panel on Tips & Tricks for Researching in Archives, Museums, and More! which will be today at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152. We’ll hear from 4:30 pm in CWAC 152. Persis Berlekamp (Associate Professor, Art History), Hillary Chute (Assistant Professor, English), Angele Rosenberg (Student, Ancient Art), Jen Cohen (Student, Modern Art), and Amanda Rybin (Associate Director, Visual Resources Center) will be presenting on their experiences and will be happy to answer questions.

 

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Making and Managing Your Personal Image Collection

The VRC recently added two new pages to our website to help you take photographs and manage your collection of art images. This is especially useful for students and faculty preparing for a research trip or a large writing project.

In our guide Personal Image Management, we discuss when and why you might choose to have a personal image management system installed on your own computer. The VRC recommends Adobe Bridge and Extensis Portfolio, and our guide describes the pros and cons of each of these systems, as well as some other ideas about how best to manage and back up your image collection.

On a similar note, our guide on Photographing Art, Editing Images, and Digital Camera Recommendations discusses the process of capturing your own images of artworks or archival materials in museums, libraries, archives, private collections, and other cultural repositories. Everything from camera recommendations to preferred settings and techniques for taking photographs is discussed, and a variety of free and low-cost image editing software programs are outlined.

Please consider attending the October 10 panel Tips & Tricks for Researching in Archives, Museums, and More! on Thursday 10/10 at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152. Persis Berlekamp (Associate Professor, Art History), Hillary Chute (Assistant Professor, English), Angele Rosenberg (Student, Ancient Art), Jen Cohen (Student, Modern Art), and Amanda Rybin (Associate Director, Visual Resources Center) will be presenting on their experiences and will be happy to answer questions.

In addition, the VRC is more than happy to schedule an individual consultation to discuss your needs—just contact us!

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ New eMuseum Collection

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In July, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts launched a new digital collections website in eMuseum, which allows users to view more than 4,000 of the museum’s works online. The museum focuses on “American painting, sculpture, and ceramics; American and European works on paper (16th century and later); and photography.”

To explore the KIA’s 4,200 works on the web, search or browse their Collections website. The website allows users to view an enlarged version of the work and provides basic catalog records.

For more information on eMuseum, visit our previous blog post on the topic, or conduct a federated search on the collections of more than 600 cultural institutions that host their collections in Gallery Systems’ eMuseum software.

Via ArtDaily

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