About This Website

Artists - How to Showcase Your Artwork:

If you are an artist, you can easily add your artwork to this virtual museum. The process is quite painless and there is no cost involved. All you have to do is email me the images you want to display and I will construct an artist page for you that shows the images. By participating, you are able to showcase your artwork for free and help expand the collection. As the artist, you retain all rights to your artwork and can choose what images are displayed or stop participating altogether. Museum Syndicate already has many living artists displaying their art through this free program and if you wish to join all you have to do is email the webmaster (Jonathan Dunder) at jsdratm@gmail.com


Goals:

1. To provide an archive of the world's artistic works and historical artifacts in a single online environment.
2. To provide that service free of charge.
3. To provide the highest level of organization and depth possible, while not compromising ease of use.
4. To ensure the publication of accurate information using credible sources.
5. To allow users the ability to browse artwork and other exhibit items by subject matter through tagging.
6. To help generate interest in history and art on an international level.
7. To introduce new media to the Internet using photography and scanning.
8. To provide a place for living artists to showcase their artwork at no cost.


The Collection:

The collection on this website is massive, featuring thousands upon thousands of works of art and antiquities. In addition to archiving existing media that was already available on the Internet, this website also introduced hundreds of images of paintings that were never before available online. For example, this website has the largest online collection of Grant Wood and Edward Hopper art available on the entire Internet. This makes it easier to study various artists, since all of their work can be accessed in one location instead of going around to numerous websites with varying selections.


Sources:

Much of the information on items that are owned by specific museums comes from the museums themselves. In addition, I have used the following books during my research:

'Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic' by Anne Clark Knutson (2005)
'The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images by a Curious Character' Compiled by Michelle Feynman (1995)
'Art of War: Eyewitness U.S. Combat Art from the Revolution Through the Twentieth Century' by Col. H. Avery Chenoweth (2002)
'Edward Hopper' by Ivo Kranzfelder
'Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art From The British Museum' by Edna Russmann (2001)
'The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum' by Peter Hassrick (1997)
'Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of American Gothic' by Jane Milosch(2005)
'Great Paintings of the Western World' by Gallup, Gruitrooy, and Weisberg (1998)
'Joan Mitchell' by Judith Bernstock (1988)
'Living With Art: 7th Edition' by Mark Getlein (2005)
'Man at Work: 400 Years in Paintings and Bronzes; Labor and the Evolution of Industry in Art' by Klaus Turk (2003)
'Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art' by Barbara Burn (1997)
'National Gallery of Art, Washington' by John Walker (1984)


Legal Issues:

This website is operating fully within the extent of the laws of the United States of America. This site primarily hosts photographs of two-dimensional paintings and the landmark legal case of Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp. set the precedent that such photographs are not protected by copyrights as they lack any original content. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgeman_Art_Library_Ltd._v._Corel_Corporation. Any non-public domain images are being used for educational purposes under the fair use doctrine.


Webmaster:

The website was created by Jonathan Dunder as a hobby and runs on his private server with ads covering the bandwidth cost. To contact the webmaster, you can email him at jsdratm@gmail.com.