Thursday, September 06, 2007

World's best sculpture site



O.K, maybe it's not the best
(since it shows less than a hundred pieces,

and most of those are forgettable)

but

Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas
knows how to show sculpture on the internet !





i.e.

BIG









with multiple views







that are so enormous








you might as well
be pushing your face right up against
the real thing








and though they don't have much (yet)











they did introduce me to David Cargill







a Texan with
a certain flair
for the acrobatic


(and many thanks to Robert Mileham
for introducing me to this site)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Bill said...

I've been perplexed in the past as I wondered why great museums, national galleries, wouldn't offer hi-res images of their collection on-line (their ENTIRE collection).

Reading a discussion on copyright, it now occurs to me that museums are sitting on their hoards like dragons.

September 11, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

Yes, I think they've got that attitude (with the exception of the Louvre) and it's really counter to an educational mission.

Thank goodness many of them at least allow visitors to take their own photos.

September 11, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

Hmm. Don't they know they should all be hard at work posting great images I can enjoy for free!

Here is what the money-making arm of the National Gallery of London is up to (I couldn't get access to the prices charged, but its pretty obvious I wouldn't want to pay them just for gander):
http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/About%20us.aspx

September 11, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

I just signed up and got the price:
it runs about $250 per image (plus about $60 per order service fee).
(and that's just to have the image on your website for period of time - up to three years -- or mailed to you on a dvd )-- which similar to what they'd charge for you to publish it in a book.

Ouch.

September 12, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

Thanks, Chris, and for le secret de Louvre as well!

Interesting insights into museums as scarcely altruistic, but needful, fearful, with ego, id, and a lotta sh*t to keep together.

September 13, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

The Met teases:


http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/viewOnezoom.asp?dep=21&zoomFlag=1&viewmode=0&item=1992%2E24%2E1

September 13, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

This presentation is not bad--fun even if you copy it, blow it up and don't mind fuzzy. I would think there wouldn't be too much money to loose releasing high res data on an out of the way image like this, but then again I'm not trying to squeeze out every penny as a board member should.

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ambl/hob_94.9.3.htm

Thanks again Chris, guess I'm getting a little carried away!

September 13, 2007  

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