Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs, and articles from over 4,300 periodicals. Subjects covered include: art of Europe and the Americas (4th century to modern) architecture and industrial design decorative and applied arts drawings painting popular and folk art prints and sculpture.
Currently, there are more than 87,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program, including more than 72,000 from the Getty Research Institute's Foto Arte Minore archive, which features photographs of the art and architecture of Italy over 30 years by German photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (19131988). Other images include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks. Over time, images from the Getty Conservation Institute will be added, as well as more images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.
The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
What is cinnabar? What is a rhyton? The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites. The Getty Vocabularies grow through contributions. The vocabulary data is available for licensing and accessible free of charge below for more limited online use. The Getty vocabularies are now available as Linked Open Data.
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT): Catherine wheel or rose window? AAT is a structured vocabulary, terms, descriptions, subject headings, bibliographic citations, and other information for generic concepts relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture.
The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN): London or Londinium? TGN is a structured vocabulary, including names, descriptions, and other information for places, both historical and contemporary, important to art and architecture. It also includes physical features and administrative entities, such as cities and nations.
The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN): Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects. Names in ULAN may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names). Among these names, one is flagged as the preferred name. The temporal coverage of the ULAN ranges from Antiquity to the present and the scope is global.
The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA): Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? CONA, a new structured vocabulary, contains titles, attributions, and other information for cultural works, including architecture and movable works such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ceramics, furniture, other visual media such as frescoes and architectural sculpture, performance art, archaeological artifacts, and various functional objects that are from the realm of material culture.
With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain. Images of these works on NGA Images are now freely available for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization to use these images. Designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration, NGA Images includes more than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each. All are available free of charge for searching, browsing, sharing, and downloading. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts.
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Art Full Text indexes major English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins in the arts, as well as expanded coverage of European, Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Provides access to a wide range of bibliographies, notices of competitions and awards, reports of conferences, exhibition listings, review articles, interviews, and film reviews. Indexing (1984- ), Abstracting (1994- ), select Full Text (1997- ). Subjects Covered: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, and Video. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
Provides access to over 50 years of citations from hundreds of the leading art periodicals and magazines. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. In addition to articles, Art Index Retrospective indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in the periodicals covered. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
AskART is an online database containing information on over 270,000 artists. From its inception the focus was on American artists--painters, sculptors and illustrators--from the early 16th century through the present. However in January of 2007, the database expanded to include international artists' auction records along with book and periodical references and images. Artist entries include a biography, information about museums that display their work, a bibliography of books and periodicals about the artist, and a superb color image gallery. Over 7,400 museums and dealers are also referenced and can be accessed through a name keyword search, an alphabetically arranged artist index, or by category on a more selective basis (e.g., California Artists, Hudson River School). AskArt also provides directories of museums, dealers, auction houses, and professional organizations, as well as a glossary of art terms.
Invaluable (formerly Artfact) is the worlds largest online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales. Across all three of their sites--invaluable.com, invaluable.co.uk, and auctionzip.com--more than 30 million bidders per year arrive in the virtual salerooms of the worlds premier auction houses. Collectors have unprecedented access to the items they are most passionate about. Invaluables live online bidding platform allows collectors to bid in real-time on auctions held around the world.
Bidders can search and buy from over 160,000 auctions annually with a combined value of over $25 billion. Invaluables best in class price database includes more than 57 million complete auction results totaling more than $204 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists.
As the worlds leading provider of SaaS technology and marketing services to the $40 billion live auctions market, Invaluable provides auctioneers with marketing and e-commerce solutions including auction listings, online bidding, websites, and auction management software (RFC Systems) reaching over 25,000 estate and art auctioneers around the globe. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
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Contains digital art images, museum reproductions, and photograph collections documenting the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Images are international in scope and coverage includes a wide variety of civilizations, time-periods and media. The images are drawn from different sources, such as museums, archaeological teams, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference publishers. The database is updated with new images on a regular basis. Network restrictions at LC limit access to some images.