Massive Haul of Oceanic Treasures Revealed


New York’€™s Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced it will make a massive archive of public domain art available on its website for free.

This treasure trove of the world’€™s most precious and wondrous imagery amounts to something like 400,000 individual items. What could you find if you took a wander around in such a huge repository? Well, it took Deep Sea News’€™s prolific blogger Kim Martini to come up with the answer: thousands of different ways to represent the ocean and the creatures within it. A crab might always be crab, but down through the rise and fall of civilisations, the countless human lifetimes that have gone before us, people have seen that crab in a myriad of different ways. Pottery, carvings, oils, photography, printmaking, textiles and more.

Ah, what boundless manna from the bow-tied gods of Manhattan!

Here’€™s the link for the collection: , and here’€™s the link for Kim’€™s typically entertaining piece about it.

And as Kim has said in her own posting, if you find something brilliant in there, share it with us!

Image: Life of Nichiren: A Vision of Prayer on the Waves. Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797’€“1861) From the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939

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  • Reply May 20, 2014


    Looks great!

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