Музей искусства округа Лос-Анджелес (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) обладает самой крупной коллекцией в Америке на восток от Чикаго. Изначально музей развивался как «энциклопедический» - его коллекция представляет практически все известные человеческие цивилизации, вплоть до искусства древнего мира.

Как и другие музеи мира, Музей искусства округа Лос-Анджелес считает своей миссией предоставлять как можно более широкий доступ к искусству. В связи с этим, два года назад музей выложил в свою онлайн библиотеку 2,000 изображений экспонатов для свободного скачивания. Недавно сотрудники музея решили расширить бесплатную коллекцию, сделав 20,000 изображений доступными для скачивания.

Цифровой архив музея обладает разветвленной функцией поиска. Кроме этого, вся онлайн коллекция (около 80,000, вместе с теми изображениями, которые выложены по лицензии, ограничивающей их использование) классифицирована по традиционным категориям вроде «американское искусство», «искусство тихоокеанского региона», и т.д.

Коллекцию можно просматривать по объектам, территории происхождения, хронологии создания начиная с 10,000 до н.э. и по сей день. Также есть опция отобрать только те экспонаты, которые выставляются в самом музее в настоящий момент – и увидеть выставку любого здания или этажа из музейного комплекса.

Сотрудники музея надеются, что их онлайн экспозиция поможет студентам и преподавателям по всему миру и понравится любителям искусства.

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libraryХудожественный музей Делавэра запустил свою новую платформу, выложив на ней часть своей коллекции – 500 архивов или 2 000 экземпляров, которые теперь можно увидеть из любой точки планеты. Оцифрованные материалы включают в себя письма художника-прерафаэлита Данте Габриэля Россетти к его любовнице, фотографии художника и иллюстратора Джона Слоуна в его студии и редкие записи об истории музея. Это наследие прерафаэлитов – только некоторые из материалов, которые выложены в сети на новом портале музея.

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Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks. The selection reflects the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day. The Collection Online is continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions.

In addition to highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Collection Online includes works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Browse by artist, date, medium, movement, and venue, or by several of the major groups of acquisitions that have entered the holdings of the foundation since its inception in 1937.

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View highlights from the Museum's expansive collection of artifacts related to Chicago history as well as selected areas of American history through the Civil War. Objects viewable here are a small fraction of the Museum’s holdings in costumes and textiles, paintings and sculpture, decorative and industrial arts, and architectural models and fragments. From the unique to the everyday, these objects represent a broad range of subjects and historical events, from moments of great tragedy and celebration to political and social change.

Collection is available online here.

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The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts provided generous support for the digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts. Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fabergé’s greatest triumph was the series of fifty-two unique Easter eggs made for the last tsars of Russia. Inspired by the traditional Russian custom of giving decorated eggs at Easter, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first Imperial Easter egg in 1885 as a gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. The First Hen Egg was made of gold covered in white enamel so that it resembled a real egg. When the empress opened the egg, she discovered a gold yolk. Inside the yolk was a hen, which contained a diamond-set crown and two ruby pendant eggs. She was so pleased that her husband continued the practice of giving her a Fabergé egg containing a surprise every year. Ten additional eggs were created as Easter presents for Maria Feodorovna.

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Stained glass artist Henry Belcher and his New York based company produced some glorious work, as shown in this 1886 catalog offering a small taster of their output. The "mosaic" refers to the unique process which Belcher developed and for which he filed more than 20 patents. Instead of the traditional grouting approach, in which the individual pieces would be attached together, Belcher's method involved a kind of mold. He was the first to lay out the various pieces of glass in the design (hence the "mosaic" aspect), and then sandwich it between the two layers of asbestos (picking up the design with a gummed first piece and then closing it with a second) . Having previously made sure that there was a gap between each piece of the design, he'd then pour molten lead into the make-shift, mold, thus binding the various fragments of the design together.

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With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Museum is one of the few university art museums of truly universal scope. Its collections, which number more than 97,000 works in all media, range from ancient to contemporary and span the globe.

Many of these works may be accessed through the Online Collections Catalogue. In the interest of providing access to the greatest number of works, not all data has been approved by a curator, and information about the artworks may change as the result of ongoing research. Objects will be added to the Online Catalogue as cataloguing is completed and images become available.

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Historical Agricultural News topic‐specific search tool responds to the challenge of what has come to be known as “big data”: the overwhelming amount of information that often inundates the searcher. The digitization of primary sources has changed the face of archival research, bringing new opportunities—and new challenges—to scholars and laymen alike. Whether someone is working on an academic history or a family genealogy, materials can often be found as close as a laptop or tablet. But while availability of materials has increased exponentially, the ability to easily utilize these materials has not kept pace.

Historical Agricultural News hopes to achieve several purposes: to make the Chronicling America database more accessible to those interested in agricultural history; to demonstrate a new customizable search algorithm, which could be used for different topics in future search engines; and to make transparent the participation of newspapers in distributing and embedding new paradigms in agricultural science and technology.

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Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

The Newspaper Title Directory is derived from the library catalog records created by state institutions during the NEH-sponsored United States Newspaper Program, 1980-2007. This program funded state-level projects to locate, describe (catalog), and selectively preserve (via treatment and microfilm) historic newspaper collections in that state, published from 1690 to the present.

Источник описания: Chronicling America

ChronoZoom is a free open source project that helps readers visualize time at all scales from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago to the present.