Monday, December 3, 2012

Solving the Problem of Seeing and Finding

I was just using the new facial recognition software in I-Photo, and while it is kind of a kick to see who the computer thinks is in a photo, it is not very accurate. A  little kid could do a much better job of figuring out who or even what is being shown. Computer scientists are working madly on how to create a computer image search engine that will be a lot closer to what we humans do so effortlessly. 

Check out this article; it will be great for more than art research if they can make it work: Seeking a Better Way to Find Web Images

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Interesting article in the New York Times about art that has been identified as a forgery reappearing on the market after having been resold as an authentic work.  What should be done with fakes? Indelible markings? Destruction? Let them be? What do you think? Read more here:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Art and Science, Better Together

 Oh celestial blue, half of humans name you as their favorite color. This is a great article about the very nature of blue.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Art and Neuroscience

A fascinating article about perception and how the brain "sees" Elizabeth Landau at CNN.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beyond Google Image Search

Welcome to the 2012-23 academic year! Here are some of my favorite resources for art images. If you have a useful site that I have missed or need help with a special project, let me know at
ARTstor, around a million and a half images, with global coverage at
MDID, our local image database
Oxford Art On-Line, a great reference source
Flickr Creative Commons
Creative Commons 
Smarthistory, a really interesting resource 
AITC (Academic Images for College Teaching) 
Perseus, images of the Classical world
New York Public Library Digital Gallery 
Europeana, 1500 European institutions share a site
Google Art Project, super sized images 
Metropolitan Museum 
Scholars Resource, funding is available to purchase images 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ARTstor Notice--if you have any trouble...

Our Technology Team is pushing out a patch to the ARTstor Digital Library this morning. You may experience display issues after, try clearing browser cache to fix it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

R.I.P. Thomas Kinkade

This painter enjoyed huge commercial success and got no respect from the art world.  What do you think about his mass-marketed works?

Thomas Kinkade

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fantastic Resource!

The National Gallery of Art has added open image access! More than 20,000 images are available in a generous 3000 pixel size! Hurray!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ghent Altarpiece in Breathtaking Detail


Unprecedented Imaging Project Supported by the Getty Foundation Reveals Master Work in Minute Detail—Online

Be prepared to stop whatever you are doing as you examine this master work in ways never before possible. Spectacular!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

All Mona Lisa, All the Time

Earliest known copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa found at Spain's Prado Museum
A black background was cleaned off two years ago and the painting was x-rayed. Conservators believe an apprentice of Leonardo's painted it at the same time the Mona Lisa herself was made.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year and a New Old Controversy

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Virgin and Child With Saint Anne” is currently undergoing restoration at the Louvre, and like so many restoration stories, not everyone is in agreement about the right course of action. Check out the full article to learn more.