Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Goya at the Prado online

September 27, 2012

The Museo del Prado has launched a new site devoted to its extensive collection of Goya works and documents. The site, called Goya en el Prado, provides more than 1,000 digital images of paintings, prints, drawings and documents by the artist from the Prado’s collection. Goya in the Prado will be regularly updated with new information making it a primary reference point for those interested in Goya. The site offers rigorous technical and historical information, a comprehensive bibliographical section and high resolution images. The site is in Spanish but the Museum recommends non-Spanish speakers to consult with them for assistance.

Spanish fresco “restored” by amature

August 22, 2012

According to the Centre for Borjanos, an 80 year-old woman attempted to restore a 1910 fresco in the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia in Borja, Spain. While her intentions were good, she acted without authorization and may have caused irreversible damage to the small mural. The painting, “Ecco Homo” painted by Elias Garcia Martinez, is not considered highly valuable but professional restorers have been asked to assess the damage and repair the painting if possible. The church is considering legal action against the woman. (sources: BBC News and cnews.)

Leonardo Live!

December 8, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci will be coming to a movie theater near you. “Leonardo Live,” a HD film produced by the National Gallery in London, is a virtual tour of their blockbuster exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.” Now you can avoid the long lines for this latest blockbuster and catch the film when broadcasting starts February 16. Until then, you can view the vimeo trailer here.

Conservation images of Ghent Altarpiece available

July 12, 2011

The Getty Foundation and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage have released high resolution images of Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece taken while the work was undergoing conservation in 2010. The project utilized high resolution macro photography under visible and infrared light, infrared reflectoography, X-radiography and dendrochronolgy to reveal valuable information on underdrawing, layer paint layer structure and other technical aspects of the altarpiece. Additional images of the conservation project will be made available over the next year.

Take a tour of the original Barnes Foundation

July 12, 2011

The amazing collection of Impressionist and early modernist painting and sculpture making up the Barnes Foundation will be leaving its original home in Merion, PA and moving to its new home in Philadelphia next May.  After a long fought battle, the foundation managed to over-ride its original charter and bylaws established by the pharmaceutical tycoon Albert C. Barnes in the early 1920s which stated that none of the collection’s paintings or sculptures could be sold, lent or moved from the original gallery walls. To many, the quirky and idiosyncratic way in which Barnes displayed his collection — “antiquated-looking salon style that filled entire walls of its neo-Classical home with odd arrangements of paintings, organized to echo and rhyme their formal qualities and interspersed with decorative metalwork like ax heads and hinges” [New York Times] — made the Barnes Foundation such a fabulous and unusual institution. Happily for those of us who have never had the opportunity to visit the original galleries, the New York Times has produced a virtual tour of its many highlights. To read more about the tour and the Barnes Foundation, click here for the full article.

You can read more about the new building designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien here.

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.

Prehistoric cave paintings discovered in Spain

May 11, 2011

Archaeologists, looking for ancient settlements, chanced upon 25,000 year old cave paintings a few weeks ago in a northern Spain. The seriously deteriorated paintings depict horses and human hands. Exploration of the site continues. (source: Reuters, May 4, 2011)

Take a QTVR tour of the Sistine Chapel

May 6, 2011

The Vatican, with the technical assistance of Villanova University, has produced of a really impressive quick time video of the Sistine Chapel. The virtual tour allows you to navigate around the entire chapel and zoom in and out for a close reading of the wall paintings and decoration. The QTVR was made several years ago but we were just recently reminded of the video by an Art History TA who put it to great use in her AHI 25 section.  Please let us know about other QTVRs, web sites, image resources etc. that impress you — we would love to pass these on to other faculty and students.

Banksy at the VRF

April 13, 2011

The VRF is excited to announce the addition of “Exit Through the Gift Shop: a Banksy Film” to our DVD collection. The film was premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for best documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is the story of an eccentric French shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to document many of the world’s most infamous contemporary street artists, only to have the British stencil artist, Banksy, turn the camera back on its owner.

The VRF houses a modest collection of about 350 art-related DVDs and videos. Current faculty, students and staff are welcome to borrow films from our collection or just come in to browse. Find our staff contacts on our webpage if you have questions regarding access and circulation.

Maine murals caught in political tug-of-war

April 5, 2011

Battles between organized labor and Republicans are not unexpected these days but last week in Augusta, Maine, the disputes took an unusual turn. Maine’s (Republican) governor Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a three-year-old mural in the Department of Labor building, arguing that the murals, which depict Maine workers in various eras and professions, are not neutral but are in fact pro-union. In a fax to LePage, one anonymous individual argued that the murals were akin to “communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses.” Judy Taylor, the painter awarded the contract by the Maine Art Commission, maintains that the murals are “based on historical fact. I’m not sure how you can say history is one-sided.” [New York Times, 3/23/11] One day ago, the U. S. Department of Labor got involved when the department sent a request for reimbursement to LePage. They argued that LePage violated the terms of a federal grant that paid for the bulk of the mural’s contract and that the federal government should be refunded. The murals are currently in storage until a new home can be found. You can read Judy Taylor’s statement here and more on the the mural controversy:
New York Times, March 23, 2011, Portland Press Herald, April 5, 2011, and AP News, April 4, 2011.