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Summer Reading – 100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online from the Getty Research Portal

June 29, 2016. Summer Posts: By-weekly posts on Wednesdays for July and August , by Jack Dziamba

Paul Klee-Getty-Portal

Paul Klee-Getty-Portal

Paradise

‘“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,”’ Jorge Luis Borges famously wrote. Were he alive today, he might well regard the internet as becoming more paradisiacal all the time, at least in the sense that it keeps not just generating new texts, but absorbing existing ones and making them available free to readers.”

“And while his well-known story ‘“The Library of Babel”’ envisions a magical or extremely high-tech library containing all possible texts … recent additions to the vast library of the internet have done him one better by incorporating not just pages of letters, but intricately designed and lavishly illustrated art texts as well. ” (Source: Open Culture.)  Indeed,

“Malraux’s longest-running project was the ‘“Imaginary Museum”’ (‘“le Musee imaginaire”’)… His “museum without walls,” as he described it, was a montage of photographs of art from all around the globe and throughout history, stretching from Roman sculptures to Impressionist painting.”‘ (Source: ArtInfo)

Paradise Regained

“The Getty Research Portal, which has just, for its fourth anniversary, unveiled a new design and a total volume count surpassing 100,000. “In assembling a virtual corpus of digitized texts on art, architecture, material culture, and related fields… More than twenty institutions now share their collections at the Getty Research Portal: recent joiners include the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, the Bibliotheca Hertziana-Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the Menil Library Collection in Houston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives in New York, and the Warburg Institute Library in London.”  The Getty Research Portal is also in discussions with art libraries and institutions in India, Iran, and Japan. (Source: Open Culture)

Paradise – A Day at the Beach

Just Look at the pictures …

 

 

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