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Art Online In New Libraries Resource: AMICO

The AMICO (The Art Museum Image Consortium) database is an image library that consists of tens of thousands of digitized works of art. The library consists of works from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania. Search options include the ability to search on the Creator, Title, Date, or Subject of the work. The images are displayed as full color with explanatory notes Typically, an AMICO Library entry includes a descriptive "cataloging" record for an artwork, a digital image, and the metadata documenting for that image. Entries may also include image details and alternate views, collection data, curatorial records, original scholarly research, and other educational material.

The art depicted ranges in date from the Ancient, Pre-Columbian, and Classical eras to the present. The AMICO collection includes cultures and time periods that range from contemporary art to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Native American, Inuit, Japanese and Chinese works. Images in the collection include: paintings; sculptures; drawings; prints; photographs; textiles; costumes and jewelry; works of decorative art; books and manuscripts.

A partial list of consortium members include: Art Institute of Chicago; George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Library of Congress; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Users may access AMICO from the frontpage of the Libraries website, either through IRIS or by following the path Indexes & Databases/Arts and Humanities/Art.

Posted November 13, 2001