Getty Research Institute

Flemish, Unidentified Old Testament scene with man kneeling before king Moredcai before King Ahasuerus, ca. 1580-1600. Image and data from the Getty Research Institute Library

Artstor has collaborated with The Getty Research Institute to share a number of collections from their extensive holdings:

  • Julius Shulman Photography Archive
  • Alexander Liberman Collection
  • Study Photographs of European Tapestries
  • Carl and Jennifer Strom: Korean Buddhist Monasteries

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts. Its Research Library collections include over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, and auction catalogs as well as extensive special collections of rare and unique materials in selected areas of art history and visual culture. Predominately works on paper, these collections include rare books, prints, and photographs. Archives, manuscripts, sketchbooks, and albums provide perspectives on artistic production, illuminating intellectual exchanges that fostered creative collaborations. These collections, aside from Carl and Jennifer Strom: Korean Buddhist Monasteries are also be available as high-resolution downloads for academic publishing; for more information, please see Images for Academic Publishing.

Julius Shulman Photography Archive

The collection in Artstor represents highlights from the Julius Shulman photography archive, which comprises more than 260,000 negatives, prints, transparencies, and related printed material. The Shulman archive spans the career of Julius Shulman (1910–2009) from 1936 to 1997 and documents the development of modern architecture in Southern California. In 1936, Shulman photographed Richard J. Neutra's Kun House in Los Angeles, CA. Through his relationship with the architect, Shulman secured other commissions to document the work of California-based architects such as R. M. Schindler, Raphael Soriano, Gregory Ain, J. R. Davidson, John Lautner, and Pierre Koenig, among others. From 1945 to 1966, Shulman photographed projects from the Case Study House Program, an experimental program sponsored by the magazine Arts & Architecture. This program commissioned major architects, such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, to design inexpensive and innovative single-family homes during the post-World War II housing boom. Shulman's most famous work is the photograph for Case Study House No. 22, the Stahl House designed by architect Pierre Koenig. In this seminal image, two stylish women are shown chatting in a living room as the glass-walled, cantilevered structure of the house juts out over the side of Laurel Canyon, revealing the bright lights and street grid of Los Angeles below.

Shulman is acclaimed for such iconic images of mid-century modern buildings, which were carefully composed with elegant models, minimalist furnishings, and dramatic landscapes. Over the course of his career, Shulman created one of the most comprehensive visual records of the development of modern architecture within the urban fabric of Los Angeles and the changing landscape of Southern California.

Alexander Liberman Photography Archive

The collection in Artstor represents approximately 1,500 highlights from the Alexander Liberman photography archive, which comprises more than 148,000 photographic prints, transparencies, negatives and other related materials. Born in Kiev, Russia, Alexander Liberman (1912–1999) studied in London and Paris before immigrating to the United States in 1941. He published several books of his photographs, including: The Artist in His Studio (1960, 1988); Greece: Gods and Art (1968);Marlene: An Intimate Photographic Memoir(1992); Campodiglio: Michelangelo's Roman Capitol (1994); Then: Photographs 1925–1995 (1995); and Prayers in Stone (1998). An artist in his own right, Liberman is best known for his large-scale metal sculptures, which are assembled from industrial materials and often painted bright monochromatic hues. His public sculpture may be seen in over 40 cities worldwide and his work is included in major public collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Storm King Art Center, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Tate Collection, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Study Photographs of European Tapestries

Artstor and the Getty Research Institute have collaborated to share more than 4,800 images from the Tapestries Collection. A majority of the images depict tapestries from the late 15th to late 18th century, with a particular focus on production in the Southern Netherlands, Flanders, and France. Italian, English, and Dutch tapestries are also represented. Over half of the photographs in the Tapestries Collection were acquired from the archives of the New York art dealers French & Company. The firm was founded in 1907 and specialized in European decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture. Other photograph collections, as well as images from auction houses and other dealers, are also included. As such, the Tapestries Collection constitutes one of the few comprehensive visual resources for the study of medieval and Early Modern European tapestries.

Carl and Jennifer Strom: Korean Buddhist Monasteries

Artstor originally collaborated with Carl and Jennifer Strom and the University of California, Los Angeles to digitize and distribute approximately 3,200 images of the art and architecture of Korean Buddhist monasteries from the Strom Archive. The archive, now part of The Getty Research Institute, consists primarily of photographs of South Korean Buddhist temple and monastery art from the Choson Period (1392-1910), including altar paintings, murals, and sculptures — many of which have subsequently been lost or destroyed. Coverage extends from the 13th to the 20th centuries, with the largest concentration of paintings dating from the 17th through 18th centuries. In addition to the temple and monastery art, a portion of the archive documents the Emille Collection of Korean folk painting, which Carl Strom photographed before its eventual dispersal.

Carl Strom photographed Korean temple art in the mid-1970s, visiting and evaluating approximately 500 sites over the course of his travels. Together, Carl and Jennifer Strom assembled the Strom Archive, which documents approximately 120 locations, including Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as Confucian, shaman, private ancestor, and roadside shrines. Burglind Jungman, Professor of Korean art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, generously collaborated with the Stroms and Artstor in this important effort to digitize a unique archive that preserves a visual record of a vanishing and under-studied art form.