Medievalists: 260,000 digitized images of Jewish art and artifacts now online

Medievalists: 260,000 digitized images of Jewish art and artifacts now online . “The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitized images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world. The online collection includes over 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 different countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.”

Digital Trends: Microsoft’s City Art Search App Now Documents Over 8,000 Great Works

Digital Trends: Microsoft’s City Art Search App Now Documents Over 8,000 Great Works. “Microsoft has released a new update to its City Art Search app, making it an even more comprehensive directory of the world’s greatest works of art. It now covers a total of 8,614 different artworks, situated in major metropolitan areas all over the world.”

The Art Newspaper: Private museum of Arab art in the pipeline for Beirut

In development: a new private museum for Arab art in Beirut (and consequently, an online database for the holdings of same. In fact, the database will be available before the museum.) “With works spanning 150 years, the collection is mostly devoted to painting but also includes photography, sculpture, ceramics, video and conceptual art…. Ahead of the 2020 opening, the foundation is looking for other ways to share its art with the public. A collection database is expected to go online by the end of the year and [Basel] Dalloul hopes to stage pop-up exhibitions in some of downtown Beirut’s vacant buildings next year.”

Taiwan Today: NPM offers free access to images of precious artworks

Taiwan Today: NPM offers free access to images of precious artworks. “A total of 71,640 images of precious artifacts in the National Palace Museum’s collections can be downloaded free of charge effective immediately, according to the Taipei City-based art institution July 7. The NPM said the first set of data available online comprises 1,640 medium-resolution images of famed artworks and 70,000 low-resolution images of artifacts, calligraphy and paintings in its holdings.”

Hyperallergic: New Open-Source Platform Maps the Provenances of Artworks

Hyperallergic: New Open-Source Platform Maps the Provenances of Artworks. “Launched by Boston University professor Jodi Cranston, Mapping Paintings is an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of sales or transactions. It allows you to select artworks of interest and visualize their records across time and space, as plotted on a map.”

Getty Blog: New Database Underway Recording Sixty Years of Getty Publications

Getty Blog: New Database Underway Recording Sixty Years of Getty Publications. “Greg Albers, digital publications manager at Getty Publications, is leading a project to collect and provide access to information on every Getty book published since Publications’ origins in 1954….Publications staff is actively adding to the database now, and the public-facing component will go live within an expanded version of the Virtual Library, which currently features just over 300 downloadable backlist books. The expanded version will launch later in 2017, and will include a record for every book published by the Getty.”

The Getty: 30,000 Getty Museum Images Published Online as IIIF

The Getty: 30,000 Getty Museum Images Published Online as IIIF. “Today we published more than 30,000 images from the Getty Museum’s collection on Getty.edu using IIIF. You can see and click on the red-and-blue logo underneath the main image of any of the Museum collections, such as Van Gogh’s Irises, to explore our content through any IIIF-compatible viewer….IIIF (pronounced ‘triple eye eff’) is the acronym for the International Image Interoperability Framework. This framework comes from a broad community of primarily cultural heritage organizations that are working together to come to practical consensus around the publishing of digital images.”