Recommended by Jorge Sosa, Librarian
This time I would like to recommend Artstor, a high quality image database. My enthusiasm about Artstor started when I began teaching information literacy during art history senior seminars.
Nowadays, Artstor is a multidisciplinary database that has merged with JSTOR and provides more than 2.5 million images of artifacts, historical objects, industry products, photos, paintings, sculptures, architecture, etc.
When I go to JSTOR I can search for ‘all content’ or for ‘images only' to search in Artstor. I have always believed that, in Artstor, images are far superior in quality than what is on the internet and the information about them, like who owns them (a photo agency museum, library, artists, scholars, etc.), the author of the work, the period, the persistent URL, rights etc. are always handy.
I can select various images and create a group of images, pull them into a PowerPoint, I can zoom confidently thanks to the high quality of the images, crop each image and show only a detail and compare it with other images of the same kind. I can also keep my preferred images in My Account. I recommend this database to all students who come to see me for research help because they keep adding new images and it has become a huge image database.
First picture: Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Model in Dior Ball Gown, Paris. Gelatin silver print, 1950. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Louise Dahl-Wolfe Archive, JSTOR, https://jstor.org/stable/community.17430142.
Second picture: Thoren, Virginia (American, 1920-). Dovima, Cerulean Emba. Pratt Institute Libraries,Virginia Thoren Collection, JSTOR, https://jstor.org/stable/community.15266276.
Third picture: Willy Maywald. Dior. gelatin silver print, c. 1948-49. Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, JSTOR, https://jstor.org/stable/community.10597377.
Fourth picture: Print, Fashion. paper, ink, 1870s. Textile and Costume Collection, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, JSTOR, https://jstor.org/stable/community.34317614. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.