Jean-Baptiste Tuby. Fountain of Apollo [detail]. ca. 1761. Photograph: Scott Gilchrist. Courtesy of Archivision.
Looking for images of the ruins of Chichén Itzá? Post-modern architecture in Berlin? The Gardens at the Palace of Versailles?
The DePaul Library is pleased to present a new digital-image
collection for faculty use. Over the Summer Quarter, the Department of
Digitization Services subscribed to Archivision Digital Research
Library, which is now available through the LUNA database. The
Archivision Library contains over 53,000 high-quality images of
architecture, gardens, public art and archeological sites.
The collection spans the globe and all time periods, and includes images
from Ancient Greece, Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, pre-modern Europe and
Asia. There is also a large collection of modern and post-modern
architecture. Additionally, there are images of gardens and public
sculpture throughout the world.
The photography was done by Scott Gilchrist, a professional photographer
and architect by training. The photographs are high-quality, accurate
representations of sites. The collection is catalogued using rich,
easily searchable metadata that includes basic identification fields, as
well as more in-depth descriptive information.
The images are at least 1,500 pixels in size, suitable for PowerPoint
presentations, and can be downloaded as easily as images in the LUNA
database. Additionally, higher resolution, royalty-free versions of the same images are available for publication for a fee.
Professor of History of Art and Architecture Paul Jascot says of the collection, "I liked the shots of the Reichstag in particular, and could see using those easily in a publication. In addition, some of the general city views establishing a 'built context' as it were looked quite helpful and potentially useful. That they are offering them at a relatively low price is certainly a bonus. The Chicago images will also be of special interest to many DePaul faculty. High quality images overall."
Tamsen Anderson, who teaches modern architecture at DePaul, also reflected on how the Archivision Research Library is useful for teaching and research. "I searched for the buildings that I cover in HAA 281 (Modern
Architecture), which includes the period from the mid-18th century to
the late 20th century. What I found is that Archivision offers excellent
exterior details of buildings -- I particularly liked the images for
Chiswick House, the Bibliotheque Ste.-Genevieve and the Paris Opera --
as well as some useful contextual images that showcase the areas around
the buildings (for example, the Place du Pantheon and the Place de
l'Opera). Archivision also offered some relatively rare views of the
working parts of Monticello, which will help me better illustrate the
relation between the highly visible part of Monticello (for elite
whites) and the less visible, but extremely important, recessed wings,
where food preparation and other important domestic activities were
carried out by Jefferson's slaves."
To access the collection, log into LUNA, go to the Collections drop-down menu, and select Archivision Base to Module 6. Once in the Archivision library, images can be searched, selected and downloaded in the same manner as those in the LUNA collection.
The Department of Digitization Services offers individual consultation
and training as well as departmental sessions. If you are interested,
please contact Michael Donovan, Image Collection Supervisor, for