Angelika Pagel, Visual Arts
February 15, 2000
National Gallery of Art,
D.C. Superb site! Downloading/navigating the site is very fast. The site
provides thumbnail pictures as well as full-screen images - and the accompanying
texts are very informative. You can search by artist, title or subject-matter,
or you can embark on online tours, collection tours, in-depth study tours
(f.ex. on Mark Rothko, Thomas Moran, Alfred Stieglitz or Jackson Pollock)
and virtual exhibition tours (which require plug-ins). There is also always
a tour of the week (last week's tour was on African-American artists).
a. Virtual Exhibition Tour: Alexander Calder
b. A search by the name of your
favorite artist and/or art movement (i.e. Renaissance, Impressionism,
State Hermitage Museum
in St. Petersburg, Russia. Great site. You can browse by categories (such
as Paintings, Textiles, Jewelry etc.), you can do a quick search by typing
in the name of an artist, for instance, to get an overview of all available
works by an artist, or you can do an advanced search "to find artwork
by artist, title, subject or by certain attributes such as style, genre,
theme or date."
a. Advanced Search by subject (i.e. portraiture, landscapes, vanitas
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
NYC. This site allows you, for example, to create your own metgallery,
selecting from the available images.
Go to the site index. Click on Modern Art. Choose Max Beckmann. View
"10 images at a time". Options available at this point: thumbnail,
enlarge, add to my gallery, description. Click on online resources: this
will get you to a page with more museum links which you can access right
from that page !!! (To provide you with further links is common practice.)
I suggest you explore the following
sites on your own:
Webmuseum, Paris (in
English). This is just one of countless Internet-based museums, all part
of the WebMuseum network (I am approaching this site somewhat in a roundabout
way: from the Paris Webmuseum site you can switch, by simply clicking,
to "your closest site of the Webmuseum network" in order to
improve "the speed of data access" which, in our case, is a
California site ... but you may want to stay with the Webmuseum, Paris
and explore, for instance, its famous paintings collections. Also, if
you want to access an extensive list of links-to-links-to-webmuseums,
simply go to the yahoo! search site, type in webmuseums
and you will (as of last week) get a list of 85 more links (including,
for instance, "WebMuseum of Latinamerica - virtual visit to Latin
n Internet-based museum, ArtMuseum.net
collaborates "with the world's leading museums and exhibitors"
to present high-quality online exhibitions. The most recent one, done
in collaboration with SFMOMA, "provides an overview of ... media-based
artist Bill Viola", a very fascinating contemporary artist whom I
The NOK Museum (Internet-based
only). Provides slide-shows, though no descriptions.
If you are interested in Public
Art, this site provides you with countless links to Public Art websites
that display images (quality varies) of Public Art. Though unfortunately
Utah has no Public Art to speak of (yet), there are 29 links to sites
throughout the Unites States, including, for example, "Murals in
California" or "A Walking Tour of Public Art in Tempe, Arizona".
If you are interested in late
18th/early 19th-century printmaking, this site is worth visiting. All
of Goya's famous prints from his series Los Caprichos are available in
almost full-screen images. The English version of this site is still "under
construction", (though the index to the 80 images is in English),
but you really don't need to know Spanish to enjoy Goya's prints.
Museum of Modern Art,
NYC. Navigate the best museum in the United States for modern art (late
19th but mainly 20th century art), including a great collection in the
history of architecture and design.
National Galerie, Berlin
(which consists of several museums). Extensive online collection.
Exercise: Click on "English" (I
assume). Click on "Indians of North America". Click on the region
you want to explore (for example, "Southwest"). You will be
able to see high-quality images, with very brief explanations, of superb
examples of Southwest Indian art.
Many more museums may be found via Yahoo: