Hi Everyone, the Art Institute just announced the publication of their
first online scholarly catalogues (OSCI) for Monet and Renoir:

*Monet and Renoir: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago*

Below is part of the official announcement, if you get a chance to take a
look, please share your thoughts!

The volumes feature forty-seven works by Monet and twenty-five works by
Renoir. 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zoom in to see the artist?s brushstrokes, as well as previously unpublished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.

Funded by the Getty Foundation and the Art Institute?s David and Mary Winton
Green Nineteenth-Century Research Fund, with additional staffing support
from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and scientific research support from
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these catalogues are part of the
Getty Foundation?s
Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). In 2009 the Getty Foundation
launched OSCI in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum and eight other
museums and issued them a challenge to transition from printed scholarly
catalogues to multimedia, web-based publications. The goal of the
consortium was to create online catalogues that would dramatically increase
access to museum collections; make available new, interdisciplinary,
up-to-date research; and revolutionize how research is conducted,
presented, and utilized. The digital publishing team at the Art Institute
of Chicago conceived and managed the Monet and Renoir projects and oversaw
the development of the ChicagoCodeX, which has served as the foundation of
the open-source, digital publishing platform OSCI Toolkit
(oscitoolkit.com). The
ChicagoCodeX is an enormous achievement and a vital part of the multimuseum
OSCI project.

Free to the public, the Monet and Renoir catalogues are the first in the
online series *The Impressionist Circle at the Art Institute of Chicago*.
Three more volumes, focusing on Camille Pissarro, ?douard Manet, and Paul
Gauguin, will be released in 2015 and are supported by the Mellon
Foundation. Another online catalogue funded by Mellon, dedicated to the Art
Institute?s collection of Roman art, will be published in December 2015.

Tina Shah
Senior Web Application Developer
The Art Institute of Chicago
tshah2 at artic.edu

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