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THE GODS OF THE MET – ART DIGITAL

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – The Met – has just released 394,233 of its records for digital perusal. For free!

This mind-boggling collection of images includes the paintings of such history-of-art heavyweights as Rembrandt, Dürer, Picasso or Manet as well as the most refined examples of antic and oriental art (the Persian “Book of Kings” can be studied along Aztec or Babylonian works).

But the best of all – at least for some – are the photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and Julia Margaret Cameron. Looking at the images that the people behind the camera were capable of producing already in the late 19th century, you have to see that despite the photo technology being so much more advanced these days, a good picture remains what it always was: pure magic.

Stieglitz himself believed that “a mechanical instrument such as the camera could be transformed into a tool for creating art when guided by the hand and sensibility of an artist”. So just as not everyone who can swing a brush across the canvas can end up producing “La Gioconda”, so not every camera will be filled with breathtaking images. It´s the “Deus in Machina” that counts. And Steglitz, for once, was one.

Let´s learn from the best:-)

The Hand of Man by Alfred Stieglitz, 1903 (at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

The Hand of Man by Alfred Stieglitz, 1903 (at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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