H.W. Wilson has announced it will offer the Art Museum Image Gallery, a new art image database to replace The AMICO Library that ceases publication in July. Art Museum Image Gallery is a rich digital resource of art images and related multimedia gathered from the collections of distinguished museums around the world, reflecting the wide coverage offered by The AMICO Library, according to the H.W. Wilson announcement. All images are rights-cleared for educational use, so that students can download them for papers, and teachers can include them in class lectures. The new database can be searched seamlessly with other popular Wilson art resources such as Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective, to retrieve both images and articles.
Art Museum Image Gallery features over 94,000 high-quality, high-resolution images, spanning artistic creation from 3,000 B.C. to the present, virtually mirroring the content researchers enjoyed with The AMICO Library. A description accompanies each entry, as well as curatorial text, provenance data, detail or multiple views, and for many works, related multimedia. The WilsonWeb interface allows searching by a range of parameters beyond title of work and artist, including subject, materials and techniques, artist nationality and birthplace, owner of work, and date created, among others.
The new image database includes both fine and decorative art: painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, costumes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, glass, books and manuscripts, archaeological finds, and beyond. Wide-ranging coverage encompasses art from the cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (including Native American and MesoAmerican peoples).
Free 30-day trial subscriptions will be available for librarians when the database is released on July 1, 2005. H.W. Wilson will preview the database at ALA 2005 (June 25-28, Chicago). For more information about Art Museum Image Gallery, visit http://www.hwwilson.com/databases/artmuseum.htm.
Source: H.W. Wilson, http://www.hwwilson.com