Visual Resources Update January 2022

Visual Resources Update January 2022

Bottom half of a manuscript page, with a naked man and woman in a forest with two snakes
Sinai Codex 1187 folio 5v: The serpent tempts Adam and Eve

Visual Resources has been helping faculty obtain images and permissions for their forthcoming publications. This semester we are utilizing the new Michigan/Princeton collection to identify images for what will no doubt be a valuable resource: a book on the icon, edited by Prof. Charlie Barber.

If you are a professor, graduate student or undergrad with a digital project idea, or questions about digital skills or platforms, let us know ( We would like to know what the department is interested in exploring and producing.

Interesting projects, resources:

Screenshot of interactive map of Rio de Janeiro with archival map transposed.
A screenshot of Imagine Rio

Imagine Rio is a searchable digital atlas that illustrates the social and urban evolution of Rio de Janeiro, as it existed and as it was imagined. Views of the city created by artists, maps by cartographers, and site plans by architects or urbanists are all located in both time and space.

Thanks to support from the Kress Foundation, Smarthistory has added more than 3,000 high resolution photos of works of art and architecture for teaching and learning. Find them here.

Screenshot of detail of Rembrandt's The Night Watch, with face of bearded man at right, with white lace collar, and portion of man's face at right.
Detail, The Night Watch

The Rijksmuseum has published the largest and most detailed photo ever taken of a work of art (717 gigapixels) of The Night Watch.

Go to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ‘Virtual CMA Dashboard‘ to view live datasets (updated daily) that answer questions like: What are the most viewed and downloaded artworks? What department of the museum garners the most online views? This is great work visualizing collections.

Screenshot of Cenobium, A Project for the Multimedia Representation of Romanesque Cloister Capitals in the Mediterranean Region
Cenobium: A Project for the Multimedia Representation of Romanesque Cloister Capitals in the Mediterranean Region

CENOBIUM is a KHI (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) collaborative project with Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche for the multimedia representation of Romanesque cloister capitals in the Mediterranean region.

See a short blog post and explore around 400 images from one of the most successful photography studios in the Ottoman Empire, Abdullah Frères. Europeana is a wonderful aggregation portal offering access to many smaller archives and museums in Europe.