100,000+ Art Images and Books Free Online from the University of California, Getty Center, and Wellcome Library [includes slideshow]

Designs for tattooing used in medicine, from the Journal of Anthropology

Tattooing used in medicine, Journal of Anthropology (via The Wellcome Library)

More universities and institutions have made their collections of books and images available online including the University of California, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Wellcome Library in London.

University of California

The University of California has made 700 of their titles available online to the public with their UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 which includes books of art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

A Fable of Modern ArtIn the field of art history and criticism, the most notable releases are arguably Dore Ashton’s A Fable of Modern Art (1991) and A Critical Study of Philip Guston (1990), though a great deal of other titles are of interest: Edwin Hall’s The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medieval Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck’s Double Portrait (1997); essayist and poet W. S. Di Piero’s Out of Eden: Essays on Modern Art (1991); Paul J. Karlstrom’s On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950 (1996); and Ellen Wiley Todd’s The “New Woman” Revised: Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street (1993). [Hyperallgeric]

The Getty Center

The Getty Center in Los Angeles has made 250 of its “catalogues that highlight masterpieces from Getty collections, translations of groundbreaking texts on the visual arts, essential works of art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and publications that serve as key resources in the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.” They are all available online for free in Getty’s Virtual Library.

Some notable titles include:

Luxury Arts of the Renaissance

Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors by Carol Armstrong (2004)
Book Arts of Isfahan: Diversity and Identity in Seventeenth-Century Persia by Alice Taylor (1995)
Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photos by Julian Cox, Colin Ford, Joanne Lukitsh, and Philippa Wright (2002)
Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies: Terminologies for Art, Architecture, and Other Cultural Works by Patricia Harpring, with a foreword by Murtha Baca (2010)
Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Illuminated Manuscripts (1997)
and issues of J. Paul Getty Museum Journal from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s

The Wellcome Library

The Wellcome Library in London is offering something a little different, but just as interesting. Their collection includes more than 100,000 high-resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography, and advertisements relating to both art and medicine. They are available for Creative Commons use through Wellcome Images.

Part of the Wellcome Collection, which is perhaps the most delightfully and smartly eclectic museum on Earth, the Wellcome Library houses objects and artworks that range across the spectrum of history, art, culture, and, above all, the curious. [Hyperallergic]

* Slideshow images via wellcome Images and Hyperallergic.

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