Click all for bigger! Jacopo Ligozzi, A Marmot with a Branch of Plums, Italian, 1547 - 1627, 1605, brush with brown and gray wash, watercolor, and white gouache over traces of graphite, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Helen Porter and James T. Dyke
Is that the greatest groundhog in the history of art? I'm going to go ahead and say yes.
It's not often that I post here about my work, but this is very exciting, and I helped (a little)!
The National Gallery of Art has a new microsite, images.nga.gov, which features high-res and fun-sized images of all the pre-1900 works in the permanent collection for which high-quality digital images are available. Right now there are tens of thousands up for grabs, and more are being added every day. You can download, free of charge, all the nice Powerpoint/blog-sized images (like the larger ones shown here) you want, and if you register for an account, you can help yourself to huge, print/publication-quality images for whatever reason strikes you... also free of charge, and with no limitations placed on their use!
This is not typical of the way museums operate, and I am very proud to share it with you.
Martin Schongauer, The Griffin, German, c. 1450 - 1491, c. 1480/1490, engraving, Rosenwald CollectionThe site is still being improved, so if you hate anything about it, please leave a comment (tip: you can turn off the auto-zoom). You may wish to look at the NGA's new "open access" policy for an explanation of why we've lost our minds and are giving away images for free. I also want to show you some theme galleries which feature works selected by a certain Pink Pony you may know (More to come! Just wait until you see the "monkeys and apes" gallery!).
Odilon Redon, Le Polype difforme flottait sur les rivages, sorte de cyclope souriant et hideux (The deformed polyp floated on the shores, a sort of smiling and hideous Cyclops), French, 1840 - 1916, 1883, lithograph, Rosenwald Collection
Have at it!