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Pen and Ink drawing of Young Woman Richly Dressed by Urs Graf

Young woman richly dressed
Urs Graf ca.1485 - ca.1527


pen and ink
Image courtesy of ARTstor

 The ARTstor Digital Library is one of the premiere image databases for research in art and art historical topics. It includes more than 80 collections of over one million images. The collections are gathered from a wide variety of museums, research collections, artists and artists’ estates, library special collections, and photo archives. Content includes images from the fields of art, architecture, material culture, maritime history, anthropology, and archeology.  The collection is available for non-commercial and educational use only Jack C. Taylor Library.

ARTstor is not only a rich digital library of art images and descriptive information, but also provides software tools to enable active use of the collections. ARTstor's search interface allows users to view and analyze images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.

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Image Resources on the Web

   embroidered fragment
embroidered fragment
Goldsmith Textile Collection &Constance Howard Gallery
         19th century

From: Visual Arts Data Service

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