H.W. Wilson has announced it will offer the Art Museum Image Gallery—a new art image database to replace The AMICO Library, which ceases publication in July. Art Museum Image Gallery is a digital resource of art images and related multimedia gathered from the collections of distinguished museums around the world. All images are rights-cleared for educational use, so that students can download them for papers, and teachers can include them in class lectures. The new database can be searched seamlessly with other Wilson art resources—such as Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective—to retrieve both images and articles.
Art Museum Image Gallery features over 94,000 images, spanning artistic creation from 3,000 B.C. to the present, mirroring the content researchers enjoyed with The AMICO Library. A description accompanies each entry, as well as curatorial text, provenance data, detail or multiple views, and for many works, related multimedia. The WilsonWeb interface is designed to allow searching by parameters beyond title of work and artist, including subject, materials and techniques, artist nationality and birthplace, owner of work, and date created, among others.
Art Museum Image Gallery includes both fine and decorative art: painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, costumes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, glass, books and manuscripts, and archaeological finds. Coverage will include art from the cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (including Native American and MesoAmerican peoples).
Free 30-day trial subscriptions will be available for librarians and members of the working press when the database is released on July 1, 2005.