Until I started this site, I did not even know what a ‘blog’ was (one of my students took pity on me and explained carefully and slowly that it was short for ‘web-log’). I now discover, of course, that so many of the younger as well as my more mature historian colleagues run interesting blogsites. Furthermore, there are now some useful sites for academic historians searching for early modern images. I list here some of the sites I have found helpful. The list is selective and subjective, but I thought it might be of interest to some visitors to this site.
Blog/websites of colleagues with similar or cognate interests:
- Anita Guerrini (Oregon) – on early modern medical topics – check out her latest blog on the elephant!: http://anitaguerrini.wordpress.com/
- Monica Azzolini (Edinburgh) – a site on early modern astronomy/astrology: http://scienceofthestars.wordpress.com/
- Marie-Odile Bernez (Dijon) – a site on scientific illustrations generally (French/English) http://scientificillustrationdijon.blogspot.fr/
- Felicity Henderson on Robert Hooke’s diary: http://hookeslondon.com/
- Evie Lincoln on visualizing Rome: http://www.stg.brown.edu:8080/exist/rome/index.html
Digitized Images Sites I have visited/found useful:
- British illuminated mss (their images are now mostly in the public domain): http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/welcome.htm
- Platter/Gessner drawings (as mentioned before):
- Jan and Maria Moninckx drawings for Jan Commelin:
- Aldrovandi’s collection of drawings:
Picture Libraries I have used/consulted:
- The Royal Society (London): https://pictures.royalsociety.org/home
- Wellcome Images (images for the banner and gallery on my blogsite are from them): http://wellcomeimages.org/
- The National Library of Medicine (Bethesda): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/ihm/index.html and for anatomical tracts: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/browse.html
- Natural History Museum, London: http://piclib.nhm.ac.uk/
- British Museum (tick ‘images only’): http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx
- Victoria and Albert Museum: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/
These are all freely accessible. If you have institutional subscription, then searching in Artstor can also be useful.
When I try to locate a digitized image in a printed book (written in Latin), I use Dana Sutton’s Ur-site of all digitized books: http://www.philological.bham.ac.uk/bibliography/.
If I am looking for an image in an incunabula, I use http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/istc/.
(http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/kvk_en.html is another way to look for digitized books).