Monet: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has begun publishing a series of online scholarly collection catalogs. To date, they’ve published a catalog on Claude Monet and another on Auguste Renoir that represents one of the best examples of how digital technology can change the way research on artwork is conducted, compiled, and disseminated.  From their description: “the volume feature forty-seven works by Monet. Entries on the paintings and drawings include new art historical research and unprecedented high-resolution imaging that allows readers to zoom in to see the artist’s brushstrokes, as well as previously unpublished technical photography that unveils information hidden beneath the surface of the artwork through interactive, layered images showing X-ray, infrared, and other technical imaging. Conservation reports on each artwork offer in-depth studies of the artist’s process and incorporate new scientific data on his materials. Other features include a glossary, scanned archival materials, and biographical information about significant historical collectors for the museum.”

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