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July 1, 2015

Smithsonian Museum: Asian and American Art now available online

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:47 am
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Basin; probably Damascus, Syria, Ayyubid period (1171–1250), 1247–49; brass inlaid with silver; Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art, F1955.10Whistler 1One of the many wonders of the internet is that so much art work is available online.  No, it isn’t the same as viewing a work in person but it is enough to give you a frame of reference.  The Smithsonian has just made the Freer/Sackler Galleries available online.  These galleries consist of some 40,000 pieces of American and Asian art ranging from high resolution photos of brass basins like this one to a sketch of Whistler’s mother.

All of the images are available for free high resolution download for non-commercial purposes so while you couldn’t include the pieces in a book or article you could use them to research a time period.

To find out more, visit Open F/S.




  1. The Smithsonian rocks, period. Our daughter and her clan live just off the campus of the University of Maryland. We’ve been to several of the museums over the years. I think my favorite has been the National Museum of the American Indians. None of them, however, capture my attention the way The Holocaust Museum in DC does.

    Comment by calensariel — July 1, 2015 @ 3:07 am | Reply

    • I’ve never been myself although I have heard great things!

      Comment by suebe — July 3, 2015 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

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