Two years ago, we launched an experiment: an online image library where we made 2,000 high-resolution images of artworks that the museum deemed to be in the public domain available for download without any restrictions. This week, we’ve exceeded ourselves with the launch of our new collections website, giving away ten times the number of images we offered in the initial image library. Nearly 20,000 high-quality images of art from our collection are available to search, download, and use as you see fit.
Although his paintings are extraordinarily realistic, Chuck Close’s method of painting is grounded in abstraction. He divides his canvas into a grid and carefully fills in each piece with abstract marks, which ultimately come together to create a stunningly realistic final product. Close remarked that he wanted every square inch of the painting to be important as every other square inch, and wanted to make “stupid marks” rather than rely on virtuoso brushwork. Although the artist’s touch isn’t evident in Close’s work, the process becomes equally as important.
Prehistoric cave paintings form the Chauvet Cave in Southern France.
Discovered in 1994, the Chauvet Cave is significant for its almost completely intact cave drawings that appear on its walls. Through carbon-dating, it was discovered that the earliest drawings in Chauvet Cave date back 32,000 years.