VRC Images now in ARTstor

You can now access the University of Chicago Department of Art History Image Collection in ARTstor. Here’s how:

On campus

  1. Go to http://www.artstor.org
  2. Click “GO” in the upper right hand corner.
  3. At the bottom center of the page, click “University of Chicago, Visual Resources Collection” under Institutional Collections.

Off campus

  1. Go to http://www.artstor.org
  2. Click “GO” in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click “Login”in the upper right hand corner.
  4. Enter your ARTstor (not cnet) username and password to view images. You must register for your username and password on campus.
  5. At the bottom center of the page, click “University of Chicago, Visual Resources Collection” under Institutional Collections.

For assistance or instructor privileges, please contact Megan Macken in the VRC.

Swahili Kingdom Images

ArchNet is very happy to announce a new collection of rare Swahili Kingdom images in its Digital Library, the James de Vere Allen Collection.

At present, this collection includes 185 black & white images of the Palace at Gedi, the Great Mosque of Gedi, the Kongo Mosque, the McCrindle house, and the Lamu cityscape, as well as other Kenyan sites.

Sourced from Mr. Allen’s archive, which he donated to MIT in 1988, the online publication of these images was made possible with the kind permission of the family of James de Vere Allen.

Images of China from Duke

Duke University Libraries has launched an online digital collection of about 5,000 photographs shot primarily in China between 1917 and 1932.

The photographs were taken by Sidney Gamble, the grandson of Procter and Gamble co-founder James Gamble, and provide a glimpse into daily life unlike any other photographs from this period. A sociologist, China scholar, and avid amateur photographer, Gamble travelled extensively in China from Liaoning province in the northeast to Guangdong province in the south and to the western edge of Sichuan province along the border of Tibet.

The photographs came to light when Gamble’s daughter, Catherine Curran, discovered the collection at the family’s home. She gave the entire collection to Duke in 2006, just before her death.

The Art of the Poster 1880-1918

Lawrence University Digital Collections would like to announce a new collection of digital images available through CONTENTdm: The Art of the Poster 1880-1918.

In the late nineteenth century, lithographers began to use mass-produced zinc plates rather than stones in their printing process. This innovation allowed them to prepare multiple plates, each with a different color ink, and to print these with close registration on the same sheet of paper. Posters in a range of colors and variety of sizes could now be produced quickly, at modest cost. Skilled illustrators and graphic designers – such as Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec — quickly began to exploit this new technology; the “Golden Age of the Poster” (1880s through the First World War) was the spectacular result. This collection of 162 posters are all in the public domain under United States Copyright Law, and are downloadable.

The Lawrence University Digital Image Collections are hosting the scanned images for the Art of the Poster collection in collaboration with the Visual Resources Library at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where the images were scanned and cataloged.

You can view the collection at: 


ARTstor News

Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain Collection
ARTstor is collaborating with the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain [CVMA (GB)] and the National Monuments Record, the public archive at English Heritage, to distribute approximately 18,000 images of medieval stained glass windows from Great Britain in the Digital Library.
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Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture from the Ralph Lieberman Archive (Harvard University)
Harvard University is collaborating with ARTstor to digitize and distribute approximately 3,500 images of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture photographed by Ralph Lieberman. A majority of the images document architecture and sculpture in Italy, but the collection will also include sites in other European countries, such as Germany and Spain.
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ARTstor awarded grant to create Judith and Holofernes Collection

From ARTstor:


We are pleased to announce that the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust has given ARTstor a grant to build a themed collection on the story of Judith and Holofernes. This collection will be part of a larger project – The Judith Project – commissioned by the donor to enhance scholarship on The Book of Judith and its later lexical and iconographical traditions in Western culture from antiquity to the present.

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Wondering how to . . .

. . . make a PowerPoint presentation?

. . . create a high-quality digital image?

. . . find works of art in the VRC Collection?

. . . export a detail from Luna Insight?

. . . share a group of images in ARTstor?

The VRC can help you with all things related to digital imaging. Contact us to set up an appointment.