The Freer|Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian have launched their high-resolution Digitization project, and the images are now available at their website. To learn more about the project, give feedback, or get involved, check their Digitization blog. For those who want to beef up their academic resume: they need both beta testers and transcribers!
Starting this year, The Smithsonian is offering a certificate in World Art History that you can earn through registering for and attending short sessions of classes taught by art historians working in connection with the museum.
These aren’t free, however. There is a $25 fee for registering for the certificate program, and in addition, the ticket prices for the visits to the exhibits, which can be around $90-$130, depending on whether or not you are a Member.
The focus does appear to remain on Western art and history, although the classes currently listed include a few on non-Western art.
Smithsonian: Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use.
“We’re poised at a digital tipping point, and the nature of what it means to be a museum is changing,” said Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. “We strive to promote the love and study of Asian art, and the best way we can do so is to free our unmatched resources to inspire appreciation, academic study and artistic creation.”
The museum’s masterpieces range in time from the Neolithic to the present day, featuring especially fine groupings of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, Chinese paintings and masterworks from ancient Persia. Currently, the collection boasts 1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works. In addition, the Freer Study Collection—more than 10,000 objects used by scholars around the world for scientific research and reference—will be viewable for the first time.
A Happy New Year to come, indeed! The high-resolution images are not up yet, but I think we can all look forward to seeing better images of artworks like the ones above in their full glory.
I have a great deal of Adoration of the Magi paintings queued up as a sort of seasonal thing, although I do post them all the time because I enjoy them (and the Adoration is one of the most-painted scenes in European Art History, period).
I’m also working on some Best of 2014 Masterposts, and if there’s something in particular you’d like to see, feel free to send a message (Fiction Week Masterpost/Reading List is already happening, just so you know). You can read the Best of 2013 Masterposts here!
Thanks to my amazing Patrons, I’ve been able to reach another Patreon goal and format some of your favorite artworks for printing! As requested, I’ve included works featuring Individuals and Portraits, Medieval Reactions, and Large Works and Religious Paintings. I will be adding more designs and availability throughout this coming week.
Right now as a launch special, I’ve manually lowered the price so you can get the full center panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (sans logo or text of any kind) on every product Redbubble will print on, nearly at cost.
Getting these massive files ready for commercial printing has been a complex and time-consuming task, and although I feel I have been quite meticulous about the quality of each print file, please let me know if there are any problems. Some of them can lose a bit of vibrancy when printed onto fabric mediums. T-shirts are printed in CMYK, and if you’d like to see some of the specs and photos on that, check out this link.
Additionally, I’ve put links in the descriptions for each work where you can get your own high-resolution image file and make your own prints, if you’d rather do that. This shop is for those who don’t have the time and/or resources to make printable files on their own, and would rather purchase them already made. All of these works are Public Domain, and you can do whatever you like with them!
Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
UPDATE: Over 40,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to the School Board, but this backlash to APUSH isn’t only happening in Colorado:
But at last week’s session of the Jefferson County Board of Education, hundreds of people lined up two hours in advance to get in. One man waved a copy of George Orwell’s “1984” at the board. Two high school students hauled in cardboard boxes containing 40,000 signatures to a petition they had circulated online. Another one told the five-member panel, “America was founded on what you are trying to prevent!”
Jefferson County has become ground zero for a new culture fight — this time over how to teach U.S. history to high-achieving 10th-graders.
On Sept. 19, the Texas State Board of Education went on record against allowing the new AP curriculum framework in state classrooms. Legislators and activists in South Carolina and Tennessee are discussing similar moves. And at its summer meeting in August, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution branding the curriculum “a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Friday stood by his efforts to keep liberal historian Howard Zinn’s work from being taught in Indiana schools, saying the actions he took while governor were meant to keep the book out of the hands of K-12 students.
Daniels told reporters after a meeting of the board that a statement he made as governor that Indiana should “disqualify the propaganda” he saw being used in Indiana’s teacher preparation courses was meant only to keep Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” from being taught in the state’s K-12 classrooms.
“The question is, would this lead to this material being taught to innocent school children? I promise that if the parents of Indiana understood what was in the book in question, 99 if not 100 out of 100 would want some other book used,” Daniels said after the trustees’ meeting on the West Lafayette campus.
After being told Zinn’s work was being used at Indiana University in a course for teachers on the Civil Rights, feminist and labor movements, Daniels wrote:
“This crap should not be accepted for any credit by the state. No student will be better taught because someone sat through this session. Which board has jurisdiction over what counts and what doesn’t?”
Critics say the emails support their contention that he is not qualified to lead a major university.