Inspired by yesterday's post, I've been looking around the newly revamped NGA site. The NGA has always, in my opinion, been a little stingy with its images. That is still true in some areas, but now much less so in others.
Here is a page full of wonderful, zoomable images from illuminated manuscripts. There are 16 images in the top half of the page. Don't miss the additional 19 images further down.
I love this page. It displays the thumbnails of the 25 most requested images at the website of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Just seeing so many great works on one page somehow has an effect on one's body. (Note that 25 more images are available on the very next page.)
So, you've heard about the updated Google Art Project, right? This extraordinary undertaking appeared in version 1.0 in February 2011. Version 2.0, just made public, is a substantial expansion. Last year only 17 museums were represented. This year a grand total of 151 institutions and collections make appearances. More than 32,000 artworks are included!
(Further background is available in this New York Times article.)
You can explore the art through several approaches:
This event is not mentioned in the canonical gospels, but is related in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. Here Christ has arrived in limbo and now sets his forefathers free. He helps Adam to rise. As he does so, he treads on a hideous Satan, who lies vanquished and blind with rage.