Archive for July 5th, 2011

From here to then

July 5, 2011

Wish you could see what your favorite neighborhood in your favorite city looked like at the turn-of-the-century? A new collaborative project called SepiaTown can make that possible. SepiaTown a project that allows registered users to upload historical photographs of their favorite city, index them to Google Maps and show you a “then and now” picture of your favorite city. The makers of SepiaTown think of it as “a time machine. SepiaTown lets you use your computer or mobile device to see what the very spot you’re standing on looked like decades or centuries ago.” Registered SepiaTown users (anyone can register) can upload, map, and share historical images (film and audio coming soon) from any given location and time period with other users around the world. SepiaTown is free and content is completely user generated.

Digital doodling devices

July 5, 2011

If you long for the days of pen and paper, don’t give up — consider turning your touch screen tablet, phone or computer into a virtual pen and paper. John Biggs, writing for the New York Times “Personal Tech” page, reviewed several new devices now on the market that enable users to draw or write directly onto a screen using digital pens.  A few examples:’s Pogo Sketch, Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus,  N-trig’s DuoSense (pictured above) and Livescribe Echo. Among the apps to consider: PhatPad and Adobe Eazel. To read the complete review, go here.

Summer reading for art historians

July 5, 2011

Are you suffering from a shortage of reading material now that classes have ended? Missing your art history text books, class readers and style manuals? No fear, there is plenty of art and art history related reading to be had this summer.

Here is a long list of fiction suggestions, pulled together from various sources:
Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry
Rendezvous in Venice by Philippe Beaussant
What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
Angelica’s Grotto: A Novel by Russell Hoban
Headlong by Michael Frayn
Tracy Chevalier’s Burning Bright and The Lady and the Unicorn
Dutch Kills [English ed.] , Bets and Scams: A Novel of the Art World by Gary Schwartz
Susan Vreeland’s Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Forest Lover (Woman artist Emily Carr), Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Vermeer), Luncheon of the Boating Party (Impressionists), and The Passion of Artemisia
What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
Circles & Squares by John Malcolm
The Inheritance by Simon Tolkein
Art of Deception by Elizabeth Ironside
Sarah Taylor’s Still as Death (features a woman art historian) and Judgment of the Grave (also about a woman art historian)
Color Blind, Jonathan Santlofer
The Beholder, Thomas Farber (featuring a woman art historian)

If you like mysteries:
Iain Pears’ The Bernini Bust, Death and Restoration, Giotto’s Hand, The Immaculate Deception, The Last Judgment, The Portrait, The Raphael Affair, and Titian Committee
Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
Amy Navaratil Ciccone, an art librarian at USC, has many suggestions for art mystery lovers in her article entitled “Art of Architectural Mysteries”.

If you prefer non-fiction, consider:
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Sailsbury and Aly Suio

UK National collection online

July 5, 2011

Earlier this year, the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation launched an online image collection called Your Paintings with the impressive objective of showcasing the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind these paintings, and where you can go and view the actual works. Your Paintings is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the UK. Collections and museums from across the UK are supporting this effort to digitize and present online 200,000 oil paintings in UK national collections. Over 60,000 of these publicly-owned paintings are currently online. Critics, scholars, and artists also provide virtual guided tours and discuss the art that inspires them.