Digital Resource of the Week: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Charles M. Sheldon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Charles M. Sheldon

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World is an enormous collection of images from the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. It includes illustrations and photographs of ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as imagined by artists and travelers from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You’ll find a variety of subjects depicted here: armormythology, religion, and the Seven Wonders of the World, just to name a few.

The New York Public Library has a You Tube video to accompany the collection called Wonders: A Walk Through the Gallery.

Interested in the Seven Wonders of the World? Check out The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Peter Clayton and Martin Price (Greenfield Library Open Stacks 930.09 C579s) and The Seven Wonders of the World: Five Thousand Years of Culture and History in the Ancient World by Artur Muller (Greenfield Library Open Stacks 709.01 M91). Also browse through the earlier eras in Daily Life through History to learn more about the people and their customs in these ancient civilizations (you will be prompted to log in with your username and password if you are off campus).

Cairo: Pyramide of Guizeh from the Cairo Postcard Trust
Cairo: Pyramide of Guizeh from the Cairo Postcard Trust

Library staff recommendation: Fragonard Museum – The Écorchés

Fragonard Museum – The Écorchés
by Christophe Degueurce
611.00924 F842m 2011 Greenfield Open Stacks

The name Fragonard usually reminds us of Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1809), the painter. This Fragonard is Honore Fragonard (1732-1799), Jean-Honore’s cousin and an anatomist. Trained as a surgeon, Fragonard was deeply interested in human anatomy and how it compared to other animals, asking questions and demanding scientific explanations during the Age of Enlightenment.

Fragonard also wanted to provide visual learning tools for others in the medical field. He accomplished this by masterfully dissecting and preserving cadavers. Today, twenty-one of his original écorchés (French for “flayed,” so literally referring to the opening up or peeling back of the body) are on display at the Fragonard Museum in Paris. He is considered a pioneer of the study of modern day anatomy and his work can be appreciated both for its scientific ingenuity and artistic skill.

Recommended by Shannon Robinson

New exhibition catalog features UArts artists

The 29th Annual Exhibition of
the Emirates Fine Arts Society

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid
Greenfield Open Stacks 709.05 Em48 2011

The University Libraries has recently acquired the exhibition catalog for
the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid, the exhibition includes the works of 12 artists from the University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art: Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, Kris Strawser, Harry Hukkinen, Guy Loraine, David Chatfield, Lauren McCarty, Marge Renno, Michele Kishita, Carrice McKinstry, Tae Gyun Yoon, and Andrew Walker.

As well as artists’ works and statements (in both English and Arabic), Joe Girandola, director of the MFA program, has an essay entitled Still Melting…

Congratulations to the students and Professor Girandola on a wonderful exhibition!

Digital Resource of the Week: Crafts Study Centre

Beryl Ash's "Museum Garment"
Beryl Ash's "Museum Garment"

The Crafts Study Centre, part of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, is a wonderful collection of 20th century and contemporary craft. This online image database includes over 200 works in calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Also visit the Crafts Study Centre main website to read the essay The Collection as a Narrative by Linda Brassington, a senior Lecturer in Printed Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts. You can also view their press releases; these provide great overviews on craft topics such as Memoranda (about how objects can contain memory) or Plain Stripe Check (about handwoven textiles).

ceramic by Eric Mullon
ceramic by Eric Mullon

Learn more about historical and contemporary crafts at the UArts Libraries. We’ve created a subject guide on crafts that will help you get started!

Library staff recommendation: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
By Milan Kundera
Greenfield Open Stacks 891.863 K962u 1999

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a beautiful and tragic novel set in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. It tells the story of Tereza, a photographer in love with Tomas, a handsome surgeon, his mistress Sabina, and her faithful lover Franz. It explores Nietzche’s theory of the eternal return and Parmenides’ theories of life as light. The opposition of lightness and weight, meaning and meaninglessness, sets the stage for the novel. Are we destined to repeat our every action indefinitely or do we live in a world where everything occurs but once, making each decision, each action, weightless?
You can find more books by Milan Kundera in the Greenfield Open Stacks:
The Joke
891.863 K962j 1993

The Art of the Novel
891.863 K962a 1988

Czechoslovakia: Plays
891.862008 C996

Jacques and His Master: an Homage to Diderot in Three Acts
891.862 K962j

Recommended by Casey Murphy