Archive for the ‘Image tools’ Category

Aberdeen Bestiary online

November 16, 2016

The Aberdeen Bestiary (MS 24), considered one of the finest medieval examples of the illuminated manuscript, is now available online thanks to Aberdeen University’s decades long effort to make the ms-24entire manuscript publicly available. Access to high-resolution images have given historians a close look at its gorgeous illuminations as well as a new perspective on the history and construction of the manuscript: imperfections now visible indicate numerous  scribes took part in its creation; notes and instructions between  scribes are visible in margins; thumb prints reveal frequent use as a teaching tool. In addition to the high resolution images, transcripts and translations of the original Latin text are available.

Read more about the project on the University Aberdeen project site and in a review of the project by Hyperallergic.

Digital Scrolling Painting Project

May 24, 2016

Handscrolls, often fragile and difficult to handle and display because of their large format, are rarely shown in public and in their entirety.  These same qualities also makes them impossible to reproduce faithfully for teaching purposes. The Center for the Art of East Asia is hoping to change that by making a few valuable handscrolls more accessible and visible through its Digital Scrolling Paintings Project.
scroll project
Designed to support the teaching of classes on East Asian painting, the Digital Scrolling Painting Project developed digital scrolling technology to simulate the viewing experience lacking in classes that rely on reproductions which distort the sequential and participatory nature of the handscroll viewing process. In collaboration with the Humanities Computing, the Center for the Art of East Asia developed its digital scrolling technology to simulate the viewing experience and to improve understanding of handscroll paintings. The scrolling paintings website has been designed with interactive elements to allow unprecedented accessibility to the complete works of art for educators, students and researchers.

Viewers can search and browse a selection of scrolls from the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum. the St. Louis Art Museum, the Smart Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Palace Museum of Beijing.

Freer and Sackler Galleries release entire collection online

January 27, 2015

Ondigitization January 1, the Freer and Sackler Galleries released their complete digitized collection online. More than 40,000 works from the Smithsonian’s Asian and American art museums are now available, with more than 90 percent of the images available in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. The Freer and Sackler Galleries are the first of the Smithsonian Museums to release their entire collection online. The project required 6,000 staff hours in the past year, 10 terabytes of data, and 50,000 images. Rapid Capture Pilot Project was utilized to quickly digitize the enormous collection of objects.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. They also house Whistler’s Peacock Room, numerous Whistler paintings, drawings and prints, as well as works by Whistler’s contemporaries. You can search this amazing collection here.

Vatican to digitize Manuscripts

April 8, 2014



With funding from the Polonsky Foundation, the Vatican is planning on digitize its entire Ancient Manuscript collection. Last year, the Vatican and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford collaborated on a massive digitization project to make 1.5 million manuscript pages from their collections accessible online. This huge endeavor is known as the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project. And now another sponsor (NTT Data) has stepped forward, enabling the Vatican to digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections — 41 million pages in all!

Read the Vatican press release here.

Collection highlight: French Revolution Digital Archive

February 26, 2014
Oath of the King, print my Carl de Vinck, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Oath of the King, print my Carl de Vinck, Bibliothèque nationale de France

In late Spring 2013, Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined forces to release the French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) online. The FRDA provides access to two main sources of material: the Archives parlementaires and a vast collection of images selected from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  These collections originally formed “French Revolution Research Collection” produced by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Pergamon Press for the bicentennial of the Revolution in 1989; these collections were available on laserdisc or microfilm until the online release of the FRDA.

The FRDA contains about 12,000 individual images with detailed metadata making it the most complete searchable digital archive of French Revolution images available. The Parliamentary Archives (AP) contains primary documents. Because of copyright restrictions, FRDA contains the AP volumes covering the years 1787-1794. The FRDA can be browsed by subject and searched by artist, timeline, medium, people and collector/collector.

Collection highlight: Artsy

September 19, 2013

“Art meets science.” That’s Logo_Fullthe mantra of the Art Genome Project — the power, brains, force behind   Artsy. ” Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible  to anyone with an Internet connection.” With 50,000+ artworks by 11,000+ artists from leading collections (500+ galleries and 100+ museums) around the world, Artsy is one of the largest online collections of contemporary art. Artsy allows users to develop online collections, research artworks and artists, and even purchase works of art (some contemporary works are for sale but not all).

The Artsy engineers of the Art Genome Project rely on open-source to map the “genes,” or characteristics, of art historical movements, subjects, formal characteristics etc. connecting artists and their works. You can explore these links and other educational content on the Artsy Education page. You can get the Artsy app here.

The perfect Pinterest picture

June 5, 2013

Aunt Peggy's Cucumber SaladWhat’s the most popular picture on Pinterest? It’s not a cute kitten or puppy. It’s not a celebrity or a beautiful sunset. No, it’s Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad. Read more about image optimization in Pinterest and Instagram here. Note: “Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad” recipe not included.


November 20, 2012

The Internet provides us with a mountain of digital images from which you can find just about anything you are looking for.  Sometimes, but not always. Why? Because an image can be found on the Internet only if the text entered by a searcher matches the text used to label it.  To help organize this heap of digital confusion, computer scientists at Stanford and Princeton are working on the world’s largest visual database that mimics the human vision system. The database called ImageNet is organized around hierarchical categories called the WordNet. Each category (node) is represented by hundreds or thousands of images — on the average over 500 images per node. ImageNet utilizes Mechanical Turk workers to identify and categorize images. At the moment, ImageNet has over 14,000,000 images indexed into nearly 22,000 categories.
For more on ImageNet, read “Seeking a Better Way to Find Web Images” (New York Times, November 19, 2012)

Rijks Studio launched

November 1, 2012

In anticipation of its reopening on April 13, 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam launched Rijks Studio, their new online presentation of 125,000 works in its collection.
“Rijks Studio invites members of the public to create their own masterpieces by downloading images of artworks or details of artworks in the collection and using them in a creative way. The ultra high-resolution images of works, both famous and less well-known, can be freely downloaded, zoomed in on, shared, added to personal ‘studios’, or manipulated copyright-free. Users can have prints made of entire works of art or details from them. Other suggestions for the use of images include creating material to upholster furniture or wallpaper, or to decorate a car or an iPad cover for example. To celebrate this digital milestone, the Rijksmuseum is asking leading international artists, designers and architects to become pioneers of Rijks Studio by selecting one work from the collection and using it creatively to create a new artwork. These will be released in the run up to the reopening of the museum.” (Press release)

World Wonders Project

June 12, 2012

Google has teamed up with UNESCO, CyArk and the World Monuments Fund to introduce an exciting new resource that allows users to virtually explore and navigate world heritage sites through panoramic street-level images. The World Wonders Project uses Google’s Street View, Panoramio and Youtube to make sites like Pompeii, ancient Kyoto and the Palace of Versailles accessible to a global audience. Users can browse by location or by themes.