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Online Resources | New Museum and Gallery Collections Online

Jacopo da Pontormo
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Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back, and Two Seated Nudes. Verso: Striding Nude with Arms Raised, Morgan Library and Museum.

A round-up of some recent(ish) announcements of new online databases of collections from art museums and galleries around the world. The Morgan Library & Museum – Drawings Online A digital library of over 12 000 images. All the major European schools are represented in the collection, with particular strengths in Italian, French, British, Dutch, Flemish, and German masters. The collection also includes drawings by American artists as well as a growing number of modern and contemporary works on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum – Rembrandt Prints Online Almost five…

Updated | Nominate an Artist for the Sydney Peace Prize

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The Sydney Peace Prize is a celebration of inspiring people and their achievements. The award has national and international significance in terms of support given to leaders for peace and identifies Sydney as a city with a prominent peace agenda. The Sydney Peace Foundation has set a theme for 2015 ‘The Art of Peace’, to provide a framework for a more targeted selection process and an advocacy program centering on the theme. The Art of Peace The theme for 2015 is “The Art of Peace”, the theme marks the centenary of the…

News | Back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria now online

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Great news from the National Gallery of Victoria that the entire back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria (previously known as the Art Bulletin of Victoria) is now available online. You can browse past issues via this website. The journal is the NGV’s annual scholarly publication and features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works in the NGV’s collection. In 2011, Art Journal celebrated a milestone with 50 years of continuous publication. The digital publication of the Art Journal of the National…

News | Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 400k images available for free download

Diana and Cupid by Pompeo Batoni  (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome) Date: 1761. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced last week that “more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.” Press release here. The Met joins a growing number of art museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the National Gallery of Art in…

Art and Art History News | April 4th 2014

Fortunato Depero, Skyscrapers and Tunnels

Art and Art History News Katrina Grant A round-up of portrait news (rediscovered Seurat self-portrait, new book by James Hall and an Artemeisia self portrait acquisition) from the  the Melbourne Portrait Group. A good review of the current Futurism show on at the Guggenheim ‘What is most interesting about Futurism is not, then, the element of Futurism that can be preserved from Fascism, but what Futurism reveals and expresses about the soul of Fascism.’ Winthrop Professor at UWA asks Why are Western Australian art and artists invisible? Also a great discussion…

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History | March 21st 2014

Is that a cockatoo I see? Andrea Mantegna,1496, Tempera on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History Katrina Grant Ron Radford, director of the National Gallery of Australia, has announced his plans to retire. He will step down from the role in September. He has been director since 2005. More here. An article in The Guardian about the work of Heather Dalton from the University of Melbourne that proposes that there is a sulphur-crested cockatoo in Mantegna’s Madonna della Vittoria (1496). I think I am keeping my sceptical hat on for this one – though I am intrigued and…

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Break

Victor of Crete, Nativity  (1660-1676), oil on wood panel, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1949 Gallery Location 14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts Level 1, NGV International

To all our regular visitors and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. MAN will be having a short break over Christmas, but will be back in mid-January. Our subscriber base has grown considerably over the past year – we now have almost 1000 email subscribers (you can subscribe by popping your email in ‘Subscribe’ box on the right hand side of our website). Our thanks to those who have written Exhibition Reviews over the past year and to those who have sent us items for inclusion on the…

Art and Art History News | September 20th 2013

Poussin’s Hannibal Crossing the Alps on a Elephant via Art History Today

 Art and Art History News Katrina Grant The Atlantic asked its readers to tell them why Humanities PhD programs (in the US) haven’t collapsed (and in some cases are growing) if there is no job market? They elicited an interesting range of responses, I think my favourite is ‘Perhaps there is simply an inverse ratio between how much a person loves something, and how carefully they consider the economic wisdom of pursuing it.’ Indeed.  A thoughtful piece on ABC arts by Barnaby Smith asks whether curatorial choices in the new…

Art and Art History News | September 13th 2013

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),Sunset at Montmajour, 1888. Private Collection. Image via the Van Gogh Museum

A round up of recent news from the world of art Katrina Grant A press release from the Australian Academy of the Humanities has cautioned that ‘the Coalition’s proposal to redirect Australian Research Council funds away from projects it deems to be “wasteful” compromises the fundamental principle of funding research based on the criteria of excellence.’ Made last week, pre-election, but, still relevant. A good post-election follow up in the Guardian Australia by Hila Shacher from UWA who writes that “Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to decide what is “relevant” in research any more than…

Notice | Ian Potter Cultural Trust seeks missing grantees

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Since 1993, over 1200 individual Australian artists have received grants from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to support their professional and artistic development.  This year marks 20 years since the Trust gave its first grant and they are trying to reconnect with as many past grant recipients as possible. In celebration of the collective contribution these artists have made to Australia’s cultural life, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is planning a gala event in October, and have other commemorations planned during the year.  To ensure as many past grantees as…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | February 8th 2013

The Kongouro from New Holland by George Stubbs. Potential buyers need to find £5.5m to keep it and its companion picture of a dingo in Britain via The Guardian.

News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant The Art Gallery of New South Wales has chosen not to replace Senior Curator of Asian Art Jackie Menzies after she retires, a decision that has surprised many, considering the gallery’s large collection of Asian Art (there will continue to be two curators of Asian Art). Perhaps, though, this role is to be absorbed into the recently advertised position for a Director of Collections at AGNSW. Liberal arts degrees may not come with a job description attached, but you are…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | Jan 25 2013

Charles Le Brun's rediscovered "The Sacrifice of Polyxena."

Art and Art History News and Writing | Jan 25 2013 Katrina Grant Ben Eltham in Crikey with good news for people in, or aspiring to, the creative industries. ‘New census data on Australia’s cultural and creative industries allows us to peer inside a dynamic sector for the first time in five years. And the news is generally good… Australia’s creative and cultural employment is growing faster than employment in the rest of the economy.’ A new blog called the ‘Grumpy Art Historian’ has some interesting musings on bad acquisitions. The Ritz…

Art and Art History News | November 3rd

Portrait of Adolf and Catharina Croeser on Oude Delft, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1655, from Rijksmuseum, Rijkstudio.

Art and Art History News | November 3rd Katrina Grant The Rijksmuseum is the latest museum to make a massive number (125 000 so far) of high quality, zoomable images of its collection available online without any copyright restrictions. The museum is encouraging people to create galleries of their favourite works, print out the images on posters or ‘re-mix’ them to create new art. Looters are stripping ancient sites in Bulgaria – reports suggest that as many as 50 000 people could be involved in daily trasure hunting raids. Ben…

Art and Art History News | October 27th

News and Links | October 27th   The Getty Research Institute has bought the ‘less controversial’ material from the archive of the Knoedler & Company art gallery in New York, which closed abruptly last year after charges that it was selling fakes. Thomas Gaehtgens, the director of the GRI, says “This archive can give us the basis for telling the story about how the museums in America have been built or developed.” The archive includes details of the sale of hundreds of paintings from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad in the 1930s…