Archive for Images

Early Drawings, Photos, Prints of Notre Dame Cathedral

The Library of Congress has a collection of the above while the Bibliotheque national de France possess thousands of images, some from the 17th century. And please consult this most informative piece – The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Art (1460-1921) from The Public Domain Review.

Here is an 1853(?) French monograph liberally supplied with drawings and photos – Monographie de Notre-Dame de Paris, et de la nouvelle sacristie de MM. Lassus et Viollet-Le-Duc : contenant 63 planches, gravées par MM. Hibon, Ribault, Normand, etc., 12 planches photographiques, de MM. Bisson frères, 5 planches chromolithographiques, de M. Lemercier / précédée d’une notice historique et archéologique par M. Celtibère, architecte-archéologue.

Also, visit Google Arts & Culture for additional images.

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Cartoons of the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Napoleonic Wars from the British Perspective

“The Curzon Project offers digital images of political cartoons from the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars…. a selection of 800 prints has been made, focusing on changing representations of Napoleon and on British fears of invasion during the period 1793-1805.

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Early Films of New York City

This site from the Library of Congress – The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 – features 45 short films from either the Edison Company or the American Mutoscope and Biography Company. You can watch Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show parade down 5th Avenue or see a panoramic view from one of the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge. You can search by film title, subject or keyword; three viewing formats are available for each film: RealMedia, MPEG, and Quick Time. The Library of Congress also hosts Edison Motion Pictures, a collection of 341 of his and his company’s films including those in the previous New York City site. An informative biography and history is also appended.

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Satellite Images of Haiti

This post explains how to effectively use both Google and Bing to retrieve high-quality satellite images of Haiti, both before and after. Well worth the look.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections Database

The Met has dozens of special departments responsible for unique collections ranging from costume to American painting. At this site, you have the ability to search through more than 80,000 images with their descriptions. Do you want to see some treasures from the Cloisters?  They are here. Charles Wilson Peale’s painting of George Washington? Got it. An eighteenth-century flintlock rifle? You can find it as well. This is a wonderful repository of cultural information suitable for any academic endeavor.

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Time/Life Digital Gallery

The Time/Life Digital Gallery contains over 425,000 images by some of the world’s most famous photographers. The photos adorned the pages of Time & Life Magazines.

According to their “About Us” page: Time & Life Pictures is an unparalleled collection of striking imagery, documenting past and present events in politics, culture, celebrities and the arts. The collection includes some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Andreas Feininger, John Dominis, Nina Leen and Gjon Mili, whose photographs have adorned the pages of Time, Life and other Time Inc. publications.

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