Discoveries in the Photoarchive

  • The Future of Photoarchives

    In late January 2013, the representatives of fourteen photoarchives based in Europe and the United States met for two days to discuss future plans for their collections.

  • The Allegorical Frescoes of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua

    The theme of this extensive fresco cycle—which is comprised of more than 300 scenes—is human life as regulated by the heavens.

  • St. Lawrence Recovered

    The Photoarchive allows researchers to trace the history of a work of art; the image of St. Lawrence by Niccolò di Buonaccorso of Siena reproduced at left offers an instructive example of this crucial aspect of our collection.

  • Forgotten Folk Songs

    In 1932 Juliana Force, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, commissioned Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975) to create a series of eight murals for the library of the museum. While six panels from this series survive, two ceiling panels are unlocated. It is feared that they have been destroyed.

  • The Parthenon in 1667

    This detailed sketch, based on George Wheeler’s topographical drawing of 1667, documents the appearance of the Parthenon just a few years before Venetian forces shelled the Acropolis during the Republic’s struggle to take the city from the Ottomans in 1687.