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100,000 Vintage Art Books From Leading Museums Now Released For Free Download
By Mikelle Leow, 19 Dec 2017
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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest visual trends but feel like they aren’t the right fit for your projects, perhaps a look into some art history will keep you inspired.
To commemorate its fourth anniversary, the Getty Research Portal has digitized 100,000 old art texts and released them for free browsing and download.
The resources include rare books from renowned contributors like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Art Institute in Chicago, and the Warburg Institute Library in London. You’ll also find texts from other parts of the world.
“[T]he Portal aspires to offer a more expansive collection than any single library could provide,” writes content manager Annie Rana. “Furthermore, with these freely downloadable materials, scholars and researchers can now be in possession of copies of rare books and other titles without having to travel to far-flung locales.”
Prized books comprise Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Kyōka Sandara-kasumi’s Japanese woodblock album, Mountain Teahouse, from The Mist of Sandara. Discover more via the Getty Research Portal.
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven (1975), illustrated by Édouard Manet. Image via The Iris (CC 4.0)
Kyōka Sandara-kasumi’s Mountain Teahouse, from The Mist of Sandara. Image via Getty Research Portal (CC 4.0)
J.H. Thorp & Co’s A Collection of distinctive hand-block printed linens & cretonnes (1900). Image via Getty Research Portal (CC 4.0)
[via My Modern Met, images via Getty Research Portal]
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