Digital Resource of the Week: Sheet Music Consortium

The Sheet Music Consortium is a collaborative project of libraries that have digitized their sheet music collections. Currently, there are 19 libraries’ collections in the database, including Temple University, Duke University, and the Library of Congress.

Come on the Nashville Tennessee by Walter Donaldson, 1916
Come on the Nashville Tennessee by Walter Donaldson, 1916

The Consortium allows you to browse all of these collections at once. Search by collection, composer or lyricist, or subject.¬†Almost everything in the Consortium is accessible for viewing. You can limit your search option to “digitized content only” to only view what is available online.

The Consortium also gives you the option to drag records into a virtual personal collection and then save or email the records.

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Claudio Bravo

"Blue Package" 1971

Claudio Bravo was a Chilean artist who lived from 1936-2011. Bravo’s technical skills are truly unquestionable. His paintings exhibit near-perfect realism. However, unlike most Photorealist artists, Bravo also includes deeper meaning in his work. His paintings are not merely visual representations, but are symbolic gestures, often dealing with themes of narcissism or time. And through his style, he pays tribute to the traditions of Spanish Art and Old Masters.

"Ming Bowls with Rocks" 1985

 

If you would like to see more works by Bravo, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Portrait of Antonio Cores" 1973

 

Digital Resource of the Week: National Gallery of Art Learning Resources

The National Gallery of Art has terrific web resources for students and teachers of visual art. NGA Learning Resources offers learning packets, media, and online resources for teaching everything from 15th century European art to 21st century American art. Search by resource format, subject, or artist name. For instance, there is a teaching packet on Art Since 1950, a podcast of an interview with artist Jim Dine, and a slideshow of the Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology.¬†Many of the resources are available as a pdf, podcast, or a webpage. Others you can request to borrow from the National Gallery of Art – just create an account! It’s free!

 

Girl Seated by the Sea by Robert Henri 1893
Girl Seated by the Sea by Robert Henri 1893

Looking for more ideas on teaching visual arts? Check out the UArts Libraries subject guide on Art Education. Also, search the catalog for the subject heading Art – Study and Teaching.

 

Digital Resource of the Week: Retronaut

Want to explore a history of life from way back when? Retronaut will take you there. British ex-museum curator Chris Wild has been culling images, videos, music, and more from public and private archives.

from Rephotographing Budapest by Soren's Lie
from Rephotographing Budapest by Soren's Lie

The website is organized by decade but you can also search by categories (like art, fashion, and music) or clusters (such as steampunk or Through the Lens of…photography). You can also add your own content and leave comments, enhancing the visual collection and adding memories.

Want to learn more about the past? UArts Libraries has a great subject guide for 2oth Century Research by Decade. This will help you find books and articles on just about any event in the 20th century!

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Hyman Bloom

 

"Nightfall" (detail) 1981

Hyman Bloom (1913-2009), though born in Latvia, was considered an American artist, the majority of his life having been spent in the United States. Bloom’s imaginative work has drawn inspiration from numerous areas.

His style and color choices were heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism, while his subject matters were often drawn from his Jewish heritage, philosophy, and mysticism. His art career boomed during the 1940s and 50s, yet his work has stood the test of time and remains relevant and appealing to the modern eye.

"Still Life on the Butcher Block Table" 1982-83

If you would like to see more works by Bloom, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor.

For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.