Happy Birthday Getty Research Portal!

To celebrate its fourth anniversary, the Getty Research Institute (GRI) has launched an updated version of its research tool, the Getty Research Portal. A virtual library of art history texts, the newly redesigned Getty Research Portal offers more than 100,000 art history volumes–all for free!

The new catalog interface of Portal.

The new catalog interface of Portal.

Launched in 2012, and created in partnership with some of the world’s leading art libraries, the Getty Research Portal is a (free) online search gateway that aggregates the metadata of art history and cultural texts, with links to fully digitized copies (that are free) to download. There are no special requirements in order to use this resource and it is completely (free and) open to anyone with internet access.

“Thousands of people use this tool and our books have been viewed nearly 13 million times. This broad access is fundamental to the GRI’s mission to further the understanding of art and a core principal in our approach to art historical research,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the GRI.

Gorgeous illustrations are available through Portal. Frontispiece from The costume of China, by W. Alexander. 1814. Hand-colored etching with aquatint.

Gorgeous illustrations are available through Portal. Frontispiece (plate 1) has title: The costume of China, by W. Alexander.

The new user interface features several key improvements, including new search filters that make results sortable by criteria such as date and language and a responsive design that allows for better use on phones and tablets.

New partners are greatly adding volumes to the Portal. They include the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the Menil Library Collection in Houston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives in New York, and the Warburg Institute Library in London. They join the Heidelberg University Library, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Libraries, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, the New York Art Resources Consortium, the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Málaga, and Gallica: Bibliothèque national de France. Getty partners include the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Publications Virtual Library, and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.

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