I am pleased to announce the launch of the web exhibition: “Beneath the Covers: The Art of the Imperial Russian Book.” The majority of the books in this exhibition present a visual survey of publications that received official and elite sponsorship during the reigns of Peter the Great (r. 1696–1725) to Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917). Often printed for special occasions, these titles mirror the major cultural events and movements in tsarist Russia.
The exhibition presents examples of middle of the nineteenth century printing and illustration technologies—primarily chromolithography—which allowed for oversized, illustrated volumes and large print runs.
The viewer is invited to explore these works through eight categories, including secularization of Russian society, travel and exploration of Russia and its empire, architecture, antiquities, royalty, and the military. The exhibition features a chronological overview, bibliography, and information about the printing techniques used. The categories emerged from the common themes featured in the selections, which are drawn mainly from art libraries in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region.
“Beneath the Covers: The Art of the Imperial Russian Book” was made possible by the American Association of Museums’ International Partnerships Among Museums (IPAM) and the Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC) and is hosted by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the publication of four (4) new finding aids. These collections document various fieldwork and research projects, relating to Roman and Late Antique pavement mosaics, Byzantine sites in Greece and Turkey, and Coptic architectural sculpture from Oxyrhynchos.
To view the complete PDF finding aids, click on the thumbnail at the top of the following collection-level records in our online inventory, AtoM@DO. You can also check under the “Finding Aids” field for the direct links.
Since our last announcement of published finding aids in August 2014, ICFA staff have continued to work on processing our collections and improving the descriptive metadata in our finding aids in order to make our holdings more discoverable, usable, and accessible to our users. Currently, we are finalizing the processing of two other collections that were created by recognized Byzantine scholars: Corpus for Wall Mosaics in the North Adriatic Area, ca. 1974-1990s (MS.BZ.009) and the Ernst Kitzinger Research Papers and Photographs, 1940s-1980s (MS.BZ.016). We have also completed the digitization for William Earl Betsch Photographs of Architectural Capitals in Istanbul, 1970 (PH.BZ.002). The digital surrogates for Betsch’s negatives will also be added in AtoM@DO, and they will surely complement a related collection in ICFA, Nicholas V. Artamonoff Photographs of Istanbul and Turkey, 1935-1945 (PH.BZ.010). Thus, you can expect to see more and more content in AtoM@DO in the coming months – so stay tuned!
To learn more about these collections and ICFA’s current projects, please see: https://icfadumbartonoaks.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/new-finding-aids-from-icfa-2/.