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The gateway to Oxford’s art reference works, including the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove® Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures.
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This digital resource presents "a database containing every known example of miniature boxwood carved in the first half of the 1500s," with multiple high-resolution photographs showcasing the exquisite details of each piece. Readers will also find plentiful background information about these fascinating carvings, as well as original research published in 2016 by the AGO and the Rijksmuseum. Additionally, the Boxwood Project offers three lesson plans designed to encourage critical thinking, with two lessons for students in grades 4-6 and one for grades 11-12.
Illustrated art and satirical journals from the 19th and early 20th centuries, digitized by Heidelberg University Library. Includes: Art Nouveau art magazines in German, illustrated satirical magazines, Arts and crafts magazines, magazines on architecture and garden art, art trade magazines, other German-language art magazines.
A searchable archive of the US (1867 to present) and UK (1930-2015) editions of Harper's Bazaar. This resource chronicles over 150 years of American, British, and international fashion, culture, and society.
The Manuscript Division has recently released the Shippen Family Papers, a collection of 6,500 items (15,666 images) digitized from 15 reels of previously produced microfilm, which document this wealthy and powerful group of Philadelphians connected by blood and marriage who reached the height of their influence in the mid-eighteenth century. The Shippens were merchants, doctors, lawyers, and landowners, who held offices in Pennsylvania’s colonial government and were connected by marriage to other influential colonial families, including the Livingstons of New York and the Lees of Virginia. The papers chiefly concern the family of William Shippen Jr. and consist of correspondence, diaries, account books, estate papers, and business, financial, and real estate papers, including maps and deeds. They reflect the family’s experiences during the Revolutionary War, their participation in the Philadelphia social circle that surrounded George Washington during his presidency, and the family’s engagement with national politics. The collection is notable for its documentation of the lives of women family members through diaries, letters, and such ephemera as embroidery patterns.
WikiArt already features some 250.000 artworks by 3.000 artists, localized on 8 languages. These artworks are in museums, universities, town halls, and other civic buildings of more than 100 countries. WikiArt presents both public domain and copyright protected artworks. The latter are showcased in accordance with fair use.