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Feb 13 2012

The Science of Vision and the Emergence of Art

How have changing notions of vision and sight transformed artistic endeavors? As modern art emerged in the late 19th century, scientists were also exploring how humans see, and some remarkable work came out of this period. This creative online exhibit explores the science of vision by looking through the works of scientists and artists like Cennino Cennini, Leon Battista Alberti, and Michel Chevreul. The exhibit contains sections like “Light, color and vision” and “Luminance and equiluminance”. Visitors will find dazzling visual documentation of such techniques and advances, including works by Richard Billingham, Hans Hofmann, and Vincent Van Gogh. One section visitors shouldn’t miss is the area on “Peripheral Vision”, which looks at how humans use their peripheral vision and how this affects their experience of the world around them.

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Jan 19 2012

International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities (IRSSH)

International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities (IRSSH) is an international journal covering all aspects relating to Social Sciences and Humanities.

However their emphasis will be in the fields of Economics, History, Political Science, Social work, Sociology, Education, Fine Arts and Philosophy.

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Jul 06 2011

UCSF Japanese Prints Collection

The University of California at San Francisco has spent thirty years cultivating its collection of Japanese woodblock prints, and it has become an important part of the Library’s East Asian Collection.  The collection of 400 digitized prints concern Japanese health-related topics from the mid-19th century, and portray the gradual acceptance of Western medicine. Visitors can view the collection by theme or perform a search to find something more specific.  The themes include “Contagious Diseases”, which focuses on smallpox, measles and cholera, “Foreigners and Disease”, which highlights the Japanese belief that foreigners carried diseases to Japan, and “Drug Advertisements”.  The “Drug Advertisements” are quite possibly the most beautiful drug ads in existence, and they feature elaborate images of drugs slaying disease, kabuki actors promoting a show sponsored by a children’s medicine, Kindoru powder, and a detailed rendering of the interior of a drugstore, printed on a fan that was given out as a promotional item to advertise the business.

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Apr 26 2011

EMAJ: Electronic Melbourne Art Journal

EMAJ (electronic Melbourne art journal) is one of the only online, refereed art history journal published in Australia. EMAJ aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. Topics covered include fine arts, architecture, curatorship, politics and aesthetics, visual culture, philosophy, historiography and museum studies.
EMAJ welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as well as thematic or theoretical analyses on aspects of art history.

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Apr 11 2011

NGA Winslow Homer

The National Gallery of Art’s online Winslow Homer exhibit has 35 images from the more than 50 that were on display at the National Gallery in 2005. The images are gorgeous and crisp, and the multimedia components give the exhibit depth.  Visitors unfamiliar with Homer’s early life and career as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly and an artist-correspondent during the Civil War, should watch the short video in the “Highlights” link.  Visitors interested in seeing the progression of Homer’s work must check out the “Chronology” link, which not only has a timeline of his life, but also has 36 thumbnails of his work, illustrations, and paintings, in chronological order from 1862-1909.  The full-size images can be viewed in a slideshow if visitors click on any of the thumbnails.  The text below each of the images explains his departure from oil painting in his earlier days to painting in watercolor, for which he became most famous.  Visitors will also note the different focus his paintings of New England have when compared to those in
Florida and the Caribbean.

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Mar 07 2011

Dictionary of Art Historians

Although there are many dictionaries of art online and in print, dictionaries of art historians of Western art history are harder to come by. Visitors interested in the lives of art historians will be delighted with Duke University’s free online database of historic scholars, museum professionals, and academic historians of art.  Duke’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies created this database as a “biographical and methodological database intended as a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history.” Visitors will find that the “Explanation” link found on the menu across the top of the page, tells when the Dictionary of Art Historians got started and why there was a need for it.  Several telling quotes about how art historians are regarded, lead the section, and the introduction that follows it states that the “basics of where an art historian trained or who his/her major influence was, or even what methodology the scholarship employs are often impossible to discern.”  The “Recent Entries” link allows visitors to go back to January of 2009, and they can also find entries from 2002-2008 available at the bottom of the page. The site is also available in German, French, Dutch, and Italian.

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Mar 07 2011

Modern Art Asia

Modern Art Asia is a journal dedicated to the arts of Asia from the eighteenth century to today, presenting postgraduate research from historical perspectives and international news on Asian art. For the rising
generation of Asian art scholars, these works exist in a globalized interdisciplinary context at the intersection of scholarship, criticism, and the market.

Founded to address the need within art history and art journalism for a space dedicated to the arts of Asia, Modern Art Asia combines peer-reviewed articles with insightful commentary and the latest exhibition reviews from international correspondents, providing a new forum for exchange between scholars that crosses the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, and engages with a general readership through the addition of journalistic writing on art.

Modern Art Asia aims to take an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to the study of Asia, and will consider papers on media and experiments that stretch the parameters of ‘fine art.’

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Mar 07 2011

Revue Roumaine d’Histoire de l’Art: Série Beaux-Arts

Revue Roumaine d’Histoire de l’Art. Série Beaux-Arts (RRHA-BA) is a multi-lingual open access journal published by G. Oprescu Institute of Art History under the patronage of the Romanian Academy.

Founded in 1964, RRHA-BA is devoted to the study of Romanian art and architecture in local and European context. The main section of the journal consists of research papers addressing themes from the Middle Ages to the present.  The journal also contains shorter articles that provide focused contributions to a narrower issue (Notes), a book review section, as well as reviews of exhibitions and conference reports. Thematic issues are published occasionally; they highlight important topics or figures in the field of art
history.

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Feb 28 2011

The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler was one of the 19th century’s most distinguished painters, and he was a lover of correspondence. In 2003, a number of projects were held to mark the centenary of his death, and this website represents one facet of those works. The online database of Whistler’s correspondence was made possible by the British Academy Committee on Academy Research Projects, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Getty Grant Program, and a number of other partners. First-time visitors should click on the “correspondence” link to learn more about the Whistler correspondence collection at the University of Glasgow, the editorial practices of this edition, relevant abbreviations, and staff details. Visitors can roam through this immense collection of Whistler’s letters by person, subject, works of art, and places. For lovers of art and compelling writing, this site is one that is worth bookmarking for return visits.

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Feb 28 2011

Journal of Fine and Studio Art (JFSA)

Journal of Fine and Studio Art (JFSA) is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject.

The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. All articles published in JFSA will be peer-reviewed.

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