Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New at ARTstor

Collections relating to antiquity recently announced on the ARTstor blog.

Allan Langdale: Cyprus Archive

St George of the Greeks; Interior apses and vaulting, 14th century. Famagusta (Ammochostos, Gazimagusa), northern Cyprus. Allan Langdale Digital Archive of Cypriot Art and Architecture. © Allan Langdale 2008.
ARTstor is sharing more than 3,300 images of the historical architecture of Cyprus by Allan Langdale in the Digital Library. This collection was compiled between 2006 and 2008 and focuses on the lesser known and, in some cases, endangered architecture and archaeological sites of northern Cyprus. The archive includes Bronze Age sites such as Enkomi and the Tombs of the Kings, and the early Christian basilicas of Salamis. A significant portion of the collection is dedicated to the Byzantine architecture of the region, including examples that have received less attention from researchers since the embargo imposed on North Cyprus in 1974. There are very detailed sets of images of the better-known buildings, such as the Panagia Kanakaria. The Gothic monuments of the region are also well represented in the collection, including the medieval churches of Nicosia/Lefkoşa—such as the St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Nicholas Bedestan—and the Abbey of Bellapais. The most comprehensive portion of the collection focuses on the Lusignan Gothic churches of Famagusta, including St. Nicholas cathedral, St. George of the Greeks, St. George of the Latins, and Saints Peter and Paul.
Allan Langdale is an art historian, photographer, and filmmaker whose current research interests are in Cyprus, where he has done work on the medieval and Venetian monuments of Famagusta. He also has interests in the theory and methodology of art history and film theory.
View the collection in the ARTstor Digital Library.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Allan Langdale: Cyprus Archive page.
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World Monuments Fund

Preah Khan; Exterior, ca. 12th century. Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Photographer: John Stubbs/World Monuments Fund
ARTstor Digital Library has released nearly 1,000 images of important architecture, cultural heritage sites, and monuments from the World Monuments Fund (WMF). Among the sites currently available in the Digital Library are Easter Island (Chile), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London, England), Pompeii (Italy), Babylon (Iraq), Maya Sites of the Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan, Mexico), Imperial Buddhist Convents (Nara and Kyoto, Japan), Brancusi Ensemble (Târgu-Jiu, Romania), Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey), and Ellis Island (New York and New Jersey, United States)
World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places. Since 1965, in more than 90 countries, WMF experts have applied proven techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, the organization inspires an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. Every two years WMF publishes the World Monuments Watch, drawing international attention to cultural heritage sites around the world threatened by neglect, vandalism, armed conflict, commercial development, natural disasters, and climate change. Through the World Monuments Watch, WMF fosters community support for the protection of endangered sites, and attracts technical and financial support for the sites. The collection in ARTstor consists of images documenting various Watch List sites and monuments, with a particular focus on art and architecture.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the World Monuments Fund collection webpage.
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