Now available: nearly 5,000 additional images from the Seattle Art Museum

Now available: nearly 5,000 additional images from the Seattle Art Museum

May 09, 2018 | ITHAKA | NEWS
Jacob Lawrence. Confrontation at the Bridge. 1976. Screen print. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Jacob Lawrence. Confrontation at the Bridge. 1976. Screen print. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has contributed an additional 1,200+ images of its diverse permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing its total to approximately 5,000.* The full selection in Artstor encompasses the curatorial departments of the museum from Ancient Mediterranean, African, American, and European to international contemporary art.

The current contribution to Artstor provides varied highlights from distinct cultures, for example Francisco de Zurbarán’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c.1638-40 and a panel from a Japanese paper screen A Game of Go, from the Four Accomplishments, c. 1600-1633, both from the same period.

Francisco de Zurbarán. The Rest on the Flight into Egypt. c. 1638-40. Oil on canvas. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum.
Japanese, Momoyama period. A Game of Go, from the Four Accomplishments. c. 1600-1633. Paper screen. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum.

The reach of the selections from the decorative arts may be inferred from the comparison of a prehistoric Chinese earthenware cup c. 450-221 BCE and a silver Tiffany tankard, 1893.

Tiffany & Co. Tankard. 1893. Silver. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum.
Chinese, Warring States period. Black cup with wing handles. c. 450-221 BCE. Black earthenware. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum.

The depth of the American holdings may be gleaned from choices that reflect traditionRaphaelle Peale’s Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup,1814–and those that broke new ground: Louise Nevelson’s screenprint Untitled, 1973; Jacob Lawrence’s screenprint Confrontation at the Bridge, 1976 (above), and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence’s print, Running Horse.

Louise Nevelson. Untitled. 1973. Screenprint. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Running Horse. Print. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Raphaelle Peale. Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup. 1814. Oil on panel. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum.

From a collection of nearly 25,000 objects, the museum offers a selection of fine European paintings and decorative arts, as well as a robust representation of American art through to contemporary times. It is notable for its comprehensive range of Asian artChinese, Japanese, Korean as well as Himalayan, Indian, and Southeastern and African art. Further, the museum is distinctive for its indigenous collections from North America and Australia. The riches of the permanent collection are supplemented by a varied program of visiting and community-related exhibitions.

The 
Seattle Art Museum opened in 1933 in its first home in Volunteer Park, built according to the Art Deco designs of Carl Gould (since 1994, this building has housed the Asian Art Museum, a part of the SAM, but on separate premises). From the beginning, the museum featured Asian art and the work of Northwestern artists – collecting areas that remain integral to its mission. In 1991, the museum opened in a new building designed by Robert Venturi in downtown Seattle. In 2007, the Olympic Sculpture Park expanded the campus to the shore of Puget Sound. The same year, SAM unveiled an expansion of the Venturi building designed by Brad Cloepfil which doubled the museum’s public and exhibition space.

The Seattle Art Museum collection is being released as part of a thematic launch on major North American museums that includes selections from the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cincinnati Art Museum; the Museo de Arte de Ponce; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; the Norton Simon Museum; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library, or learn more at the Seattle Art Museum collection page.

*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting Artstor’s obligation to address the specifics of international copyright.
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