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!
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