What's New in the Gallery

The Web Gallery of Art was opened in October 1996. Since then many changes occurred which are summarized on the What's New page of the original version designed for large screen with resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.

Major changes in November, 2014:

Major changes in July, 2014:

  • Over 1.300 new reproductions, among them the works of 169 new artists, were added to the collection. The total number of images now increased to over 35.100. The updated catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats. Furthermore, the catalogue of the newly added, improved or relocated images can also be downloaded in MS Excel format. The list of the women artists in the collection was also updated.
  • The scope of the collection was extended by creating a new section for architecture. As a first step, we focused on architecture in Italy, particularly in the Renaissance period. Although new images will be added to this section in the future, we do not intend to build up as comprehensive collection for architecture as we do for painting. This section serves the better understanding the artistic periods of fine arts.
  • The mobile version of the Gallery was upgraded simultaneously with the standard version.

Major changes in March, 2014:

  • Over 600 new reproductions, among them the works of 88 new artists, were added to the collection. The total number of images now increased to over 33.900. The updated catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats. Furthermore, the catalogue of the newly added, improved or relocated images can also be downloaded in MS Excel format.
  • The majority of the new artists (56 from 88) included in the collection are English, Scottish, and Irish. With a few exceptions, these artists were active in the Georgian and Victorian periods of British history (in the 18th and 19th centuries), mostly as animal, sporting or landscape painter. Their works frequently appear at auctions and are very popular with private collectors.
  • The focus of the present upgrade was on Italian paintings of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. We added many new scans, replaced some old ones and rearranged the images when the new additions required it. Significant changes occurred in the following sections:

  • The mobile version of the Gallery was upgraded simultaneously with the standard version.

Major changes in November, 2013:

Major changes in July, 2013:

  • Over 650 new reproductions, among them the works of 31 new artists, were added to the collection. The total number of images now increased to over 32.500. The updated catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats. Furthermore, the catalogue of the newly added, improved or rearranged images can also be downloaded in MS Excel format.
  • During this upgrade we focused on the illuminated manuscripts produced in the 11th-16th centuries. Up to now, the section of the collection related to this art form was a rather neglected part of the gallery. By adding the new images, the number of illuminations was doubled and now it exceeds 1.000. Consequently, most of the new artists are illuminators. The section for illuminations (miniatures) was completely rearranged, please check your bookmarks, if you have any.

Major changes in March, 2013:

  • Over 750 new reproductions, among them the works of 177 new artists, were added to the collection. The total number of images now increased to over 31.800. The updated catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats. Furthermore, the catalogue of the newly added, improved or rearranged images can also be downloaded in MS Excel format. The list of the women artists in the collection was also updated.
  • The majority of the newly added images represent the painting and sculpture of the last quarter of the nineteenth century outside France, particularly in Italy, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Central Europe and North America, with an outlook to the first decade of the twentieth century. No further extension of the collection to the twentieth century is planned.

Major changes in November, 2012:

Changes in May, 2012:

  • The mobile version (a html-based system designed for small screens, still considered experimental) was significantly improved and synchronized with the recently enhanced traditional version. Now all images in the collection can be searched and accessed in the mobile version, too.

Major changes in April, 2012:

  • Over 600 new reproductions, among them the works of 43 new artists, were added to the collection. The total number of images now increased to over 29.000. In addition, over 400 images were replaced by new, improved scans. The updated catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats. Furthermore, the catalogue of the newly added, improved or rearranged images can also be downloaded in MS Excel format.
  • Among the major changes, the sections for were considerably enhanced and partially rearranged.

Major change in November, 2011:

  • An experimental version designed for small screens (for mobile devices) was introduced. It is intended for use on screens with resolution of 320 x 480. This version is based on the entire database of the collection (over 27.600 reproductions in August 2011), but some of the advanced services of the standard version (guided toures, dual mode, postcard service, music service) are omitted.
  • The catalogue of the entire collection can be downloaded in various formats from the mobile version, too.
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