In the News: Digital Fine Arts Repositories

This week the ipl2 blog will highlight digital fine art repositories.

On February 1, 2011 Google released the Art Project, an online art repository that brought Street View technology to portions of seventeen of the world’s best known art museums. The Art Project joins a wealth of free content websites that allow users worldwide to view the works of past and current artists from home. We hope the four links below will provide you with the opportunity to revisit the works of your favorite artists, as well as find new images to inspire your imagination.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.

NEW! Google Art Project
This website, provided by Google, allows users to “walk” pre-selected galleries in seventeen museums worldwide. Users can zoom in on selected works, review information about the artwork and artists that created them, and in some cases view short videos about selected works. Collaboration with additional museums in the future is expected.

Visual Arts Data Service – VADS (Find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Arts & Humanities)
“A searchable collection of digital images “covering all subject areas of the visual arts, from textiles to architecture, including their practise, study and curation.” It contains databases from the Imperial War Museum, London College of Fashion, National Arts Education Archive, and The Design Council Archive, plus student show and other Web sites. Based at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design.”

Digital Archive of Art: Online Images from Boston College (Find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Arts & Humanities – Fine Arts)
“A collection of images of paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and sculpture from the ancient Greek period, the Renaissance, and the 19th and 20th centuries. Artists represented include Michelangelo, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh, Rodin, Daumier, Munch, Arp, Duchamp, Ernst, and many others.”

Artcyclopedia (Find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Arts & Humanities – Fine Arts)
“Over 700 leading arts sites indexed to create a searchable, thorough database of online images of visual art and the locations of the original works worldwide.”

For more information on additional free digital art repositories visit ipl2’s Fine Arts collection:

ipl2 – Arts and Humanities – Fine Arts

Thank you for checking in.  The teams at the ipl2 hope you find this information useful for expanding and enhancing your appreciation of fine art.

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One Response to “In the News: Digital Fine Arts Repositories”

  1. 59merlot Says:

    Great resource! Thanks.

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