20 September 2013

Images from The Getty's Open Content Program

Alexander the Great in the Air; Unknown; Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, Europe; about 1400 – 1410 with addition in 1487; Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment.
In a scene representing one of the stories from the legend of Alexander the Great most popular in the Middle Ages, the world conqueror, dressed as a European monarch might be, is pulled aloft by a pair of griffins and an angel. They hover precariously over a sea filled with an entertaining variety of fish and other creatures. The artist emphasizes the strange chair's upward movement as it carries the group out of the square framework of the miniature and takes off into the text. 
A Harvest of Death; Timothy H. O’Sullivan, American, about 1840 – 1882, Print by Alexander Gardner, American, born Scotland, 1821 – 1882; negative July 4, 1863; print 1866; Albumen silver print.
Although Gardner's caption identifies the men in the photograph as "rebels represented...without shoes," they are probably Union dead. During the Civil War, shoes were routinely removed from corpses because supplies were scarce and surviving troops needed them. 
The two images I've embedded are from a selection of about twenty assembled at Public Domain Review.
In August of this year The Getty announced the launch of their Open Content Program which sees more than 4500 images from their collection made available under an open license, meaning anyone can share the images freely and without restriction.
A wonderful resource for bloggers and the intellectually curious.


  1. I know you discourage recommendations, but you really like movie montages


    people falling in movies

    1. It's not so much that I discourage them, Bub, but at last count I have something over 1200 bookmarks in the "things to blog" folders, representing about 5 years of backlog.

    2. Here, let me add one more to your stack. My daughter responded with this when I sent her your post on the two-sided book.



    3. I covered that (briefly) back in 2009:


  2. So it's been a while since my history of photo class, but I believe Timothy O'Sullivan actually rearranged the dead bodies in his images to improve the composition. (A quick and dirty google search led me to this: http://www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison/Education/PreK12/Documents/RealityRepresentation_TG.pdf)

  3. I'm quite torn as to how to comment. I am horrified by this photo, and am surprised to see it right out front. For me, just because this happened so many years ago, doesn't negate the awfulness; On the other hand, it continues to show the horror of war, something that we, as Americans, don't see the results of all that often.

    It will never be perfect, but I just keep thinking, 'If we worked to build and feed, instead of kill and overcome, how much better the world would be' The pain of the world is so unbearable some days.


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