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   Volume IV, Issue 4
April 2008   

ARTstor revisited

ARTstor, a large digital library, now contains approximately 700,000 images and the tools to view, present and manage the images, which can be used for teaching and research. These images are available to the Villanova University community, both on and off campus. ARTstor is intended for use by patrons in a variety of disciplines, not just the arts.

Last year, ARTstor continued to expand its holdings, adding about 200,000 images. Twenty-nine new collections were added, increasing the collections to more than 80, and new images added to 11 collections already in ARTstor.

Some of the new collections are 43 images from the Mark Rothko Family Collection, a Roy Lichtenstein collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art Collection, the Historic Scenic Collection (Alexander Adducci), Image of the Black in Western Art (from Harvard University), Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Bodleian Library (Oxford University), Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress), Community Murals Collection (Timothy Drescher) and Natural History Drawings of the Endeavour Voyage, 1768-1771 (Natural History Museum, London).

The following collections were expanded: the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection, Islamic Art and Architecture Collection, Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design and Public Art (ART on FILE) and others. ARTstor has negotiated agreements to add additional collections and recently received a grant from the Library of Congress to preserve born digital images (images that began as digital photographs). 

From its origins in 2004, ARTstor has continued to grow and improve in order to better meet the needs of its users. Users can search by keyword, creator, culture, title, subject, collection and geography. Images and image groups can be saved to other hardware or exported to ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for presentation.

In response to users' requests, in January 2008, ARTstor announced that over 95% of their images can now be downloaded as JPGs at 1024 pixels for classroom use and other non-commercial, educational purposes. Patrons can continue to download images into the ARTstor OIV at up to 3200 pixels.

Access ARTstor via the library home page under Resources by Subject / Art History / Images or Databases by Title.

Contributed by Alice Bampton