Some new websites on Internet

8/3/10 – Internet – More and more museums are posting their collections online. Ourlinks page is therefore not always up to date but we will continue to add new databases as they become available.
However, we must say that it is unfortunate that some of them do not provide the chance of discovering works which one is not specifically looking for, as often happens when leafing through a book for example.

local/cache-vignettes/L129xH104/Nice-9df97-e48bf.jpgThe National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE Paintings) is a database created by the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP), which is run by the University of Glasgow and whose long-term goal is to catalogue the entire collection of paintings prior to the 20th century held in British public collections. At the moment, of about 22,000 paintings, 8000 have been listed and 2500 are illustrated. The database will eventually publish and illustrate this entire artistic heritage. Its advanced search engine is very complete.

local/cache-vignettes/L129xH103/Art_Flamand-95fd9-abf8f.jpgLa collection art flamand : this website includes the database for collections from the museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, the Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp and the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. All of the works seem to be listed and photographed and the advanced search engine is efficient but the images are of mediocre quality and the entries too brief. The site is still useful though.

local/cache-vignettes/L129xH104/Finlande-39b2f-4140b.jpgFinnish National Gallery : this database assembles the collections of those Finnish museums which make up the National Gallery, that is the Contemporary Art Museum (which falls outside our chronological field here), the Ateneum which essentially holds Finnish art and, finally, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum housing old European art, often poorly known.

local/cache-vignettes/L129xH103/Bilbao-6f2ea-cc722.jpgBilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes, online catalogue : the catalogue seems very complete but the search offerings are not very practical. For example, it is difficult to know how to fill out “por objeto” or “por época”. This is a typical case of a database where one can only find specific works with no possibility of browsing and running into a discovery.

local/cache-vignettes/L129xH103/Stuttgart-b270c-bca52.jpgStuttgart, Staatsgalerie, online catalogue : this bilingual German-English catalogue only offers small photographs but of good quality. About one thousand works from the old master art collection (before 1900) are available for the time being.

Didier Rykner, lundi 8 mars 2010

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