Art Institute of Chicago Now Offering Online Scholarly Catalogues

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The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago recently made the following announcement:
"We are very pleased to announce the publication of the Art Institute’s first online scholarly catalogues, *Monet: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago* and *Renoir: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago*. You can access the catalogues using the following link (in order to take advantage of the full functionality of the catalogues, we recommend using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox):
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high-resolution imaging that allows readers to zoom in to see the artist’s brushstrokes, as well as previously unpublished technical photography that unveils information hidden beneath the surface of the artwork through interactive, layered images showing X-ray, infrared, and other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 (
The ChicagoCodeX is an enormous achievement and a vital part of the multi-museum 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, Édouard 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."