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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center announces a new online searchable database of all 19,000+ objects in the collection, making the museum’s holdings available for viewing at any time.
“Vassar College has been collecting works of art for over one hundred and fifty years, formerly as the Vassar College Art Gallery and since 1993 as the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The founding collection numbered over 3,000 paintings (mostly American) and works on paper (mostly European). It has since grown to over 19,000 works of art spanning all chronological periods and many cultures.
This blog is dedicated to “Fine Art in the New Media,” and explores ways in which New Media tools have been used to make Art accessible to anyone in the world. We have written a number of posts on how museums have adopted the New Media technology to the purpose of making art accessible. These prior posts included the Van Gogh Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, both the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, ArtTube, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia., and the Cleveland Museum.The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center has joined this list by its recently launched e-museum website, emuseum.vassar.edu.
As the website says,
“The database allows users to explore the entire collection through searches by keyword, artist’s name, accession number, or a variety of other search criteria. With eMuseum, users can search for works that are in storage as well as works currently on view in the galleries. Along with essential details about each object such as title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and artist’s life dates, users can find information about how each object entered the collection, its exhibition history, and its publication history.”
Clicking on any of the categories will take you to the “Highlights” of that category. For instance, this is a Highlights page from the International Modern category:
From there you can click on an individual image for a larger view with accompanying data and a zoom feature:
“One of the most enticing features of eMuseum is “My Collections,” which allows users to select and save works of art from the Art Center collection into thematically organized folders or “packets.” Users can create as many different collections as they like and update them at any time.”
Clean and Simple User Interface
The UI of the site is easy to use, allows the visitor a complete range of choices and customizations, and concentrates on the visual of the Art with a minimum of “wall text,” limited to the essential information which does not overpower the work. Excellent site, again showing that creative use of the New Media to make Art accessible does not mean “bells and whistles. “