Visual Resources Update October 2022

The Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Lecture

Man with white hair leaning over a table examining a photo album with black pages and black and white photographs
Dr. Fikret K. Yegül examining an album thought to have belonged to one of the engineers working at Sardis in 1910.

On Monday October 3 Visual Resources hosted Dr. Fikret K. Yegül for the hybrid Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Lecture. Dr. Yegül’s lecture was a thoughtful, nuanced examination of the life and career of an exceptional man. Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope to continue to bring to life more of the amazing stories in the archives.

ASOR workshop by Leigh Lieberman

Leigh Lieberman co-led a workshop at The American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) Virtual Meeting on October 19 titled Digging Up Data: A Showcase of Ongoing Digital Scholarship Projects. If anyone is interested in learning more, please reach out to Leigh at:

Continued lantern slide digitization

Interior courtyard of a stone, multilevel building with a man in a loincloth on the top floor.
From our collection on Indian Architecture. Original label: “Diving well at the Kootub (showing a man on the point of taking a wonderful leap).” Perhaps Qutb complex, Delhi. No date given.

We are continuing to digitize and share the lantern slides of historic sites in Greece, and more recently, the architecture of India. There appear to be about 800 slides of traditional Indian architecture plus sculpture and decorative arts of southeast Asia: all appear to be taken pre-1945. If you would like to see the collection please reach out.

News and resources:

OpenBibArt: a freely available database that brings together the legacy bibliography data from Répertoire d’Art et d’Archéologie, Répertoire International de la Littérature de l’Art, and Bibliographie d’Histoire de l’Art. Search in French or English to discover citations from 1.2 million journal articles, books, exhibition and auction sales catalogues published between 1910 and 2007.

From the V&A: a beautiful, redesigned website for the Chinese Iconography Thesaurus

Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments

The Uffizi is suing Jean Paul Gautier for using Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in a clothing collection: The Uffizi vs. Jean Paul Gautier: A Public Domain Perspective

Allmaps: curating, georeferencing, and exploring for iiif maps