Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012

digital image of Congresso Nacional in Brasilia

One of the greatest Modernist architects, Oscar Niemeyer, has died at the age of 104. The Brazilian is best known for designing numerous buildings - the cathedral, museums, theater, apartment blocks, government and office buildings - in the planned capital city of Brasília. Other works include...

Rijks Studio!

One of the premier art museums of the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, has opened a digital collection of 125,000 of its works to all - ultra high-resolutions images with no limitations! Just sign up to make your own Rijksstudio, search, browse and collect images, then order prints or download to create your own works!

Vermeer

Today is the 380th anniversary of the baptism of Johannes Vermeer (his actual birth date is unknown). The 17th century Dutch artist is renowned for his exquisite handling of color and light in his genre paintings and landscapes. Explore more about the artist...

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

screen shot of Cushman Photograph Collection web page

Indiana University offers a collection of over 14,000 color images spanning the years 1938-1969: the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection. Cushman travelled across the United States and in several foreign countries, and his keen eye for the quotidian, the representative, and the surprisingly beautiful resulted in a remarkable set of images, valuable for their social documentation as well as their aesthetic.

Wellcome Image Awards 2012

Electron micrograph of caffeine crystals

Wellcome Images database is a great source for medical and science images, with a particular strength in modern imaging techniques and historical images from the Wellcome Library collection. A fascinating gallery within the collection to browse is the Wellcome Image Awards 2012, from which the photos illustrating this post are drawn.

RIBA pix

Digital photograph of Tate Modern museum building

RIBApix offers a rich database of architecture images from the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Not just works from Great Britain, but images from a range of locations, time periods, and typologies are available for viewing and purchase.

Berlin Wall

Digitized slide of Berlin Wall

51 years ago today began the construction of the Berlin Wall by the German Democratic Republic. The "Antifaschistischer Schutzwall" consisted of 12-foot concrete walls, guard towers, fencing and bunkers, all creating a barrier between East and West Germany in the 96 miles around Berlin. It effectively ended migration between the two countries until the political upheavals of 1989.

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