New Collection Online!

Posted by muhammad nasrudin

At the moment my mild-mannered alter ego is a receptionist in a doctor's office, and we are required to show YNN Capital Region all day long.  Yes.  Much of the time it is ignorable, frequently it is appalling, and occasionally it tosses up something of interest.

Today, that little gem was a spot on the Albany Institute of History and Art!  It was lovely to see the inside of the vault and the collections again, and it was especially nice to see Tammis Groft, the chief curator.  But part of the point of the spot was that they've created an online collections database, which is the sort of thing we all love to see.  Now I can link you directly to Ariantje Coeymans, one of my favorite portraits out there.

"Ariantje Coeymans", Nehemiah Partridge, ca. 1720; AIHA 1938.5

You can also see whole categories of objects, such as (of course) Textiles, Costume, and Accessories.  The whole collection isn't represented, not by a long shot - but what's there is gorgeously photographed.  Shoes and jewelry seem to make up the bulk of that category; the gowns listed were photographed a while ago for the physical catalogue.  But we can hope that more will show up as time goes on, because, let me tell you, there are some amazing pieces there.

"Nathan Hawley and Family Nov. 3d, 1801", William Wilkie, 1801; AIHA 1951.58