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Art Authority adds access to videos

Art Authority for iPad now includes access to Internet-based videos for over 500 of its major works. Wrapping up a year’s worth of new features, Art Authority for iPad 4.9.1 provides the ability to view short, information-packed videos about the works, their environment, historic context and more. Many of the videos are produced by the museums in which the actual works hang, as well as by Khan Academy and other educational institutions.

Works with available videos display a new video button in their information plaque. Tapping that button downloads and brings  the video up full-screen. Internet access and at least iOS 6 are required to view the videos.


The main directory also includes an option to view a show that includes all works from the Art Authority database that have an associated video. And each room’s Overview section includes a similar show for works in that room’s period. So if you want to browse all the videos associated with works from the Renaissance, it’s really easy to do (there are currently over 160 such videos).


Videos are also available in Art Authority K-12 for iPad, for age-appropriate works.



Merry Christmas (stamps)

Since 1962, the US Postal Service has issued one or more Christmas stamps each year. Many of these stamps have been based on classic works of art, usually from the Renaissance period. And of course many of those works of art are in Art Authority.  It’s particularly interesting to see how the Postal Service has “adapted” the works to the stamps. Merry Christmas!

1966 stamp: Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling, after 1479

1966stamp madonnachildMemling


1967 stamp: Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling, after 1479

1967stamp madonnachildMemling


1968 stamp: The Annunciation, by Jan van Eyck, 1435

1968stamp annuciationVanEyck


1970 stamp: Nativity, by Lorenzo Lotto, 1523



1971 stamp: Adoration of the Shepherds, by Giorgione, 1505-1510


1973 stamp: Small Cowper Madonna, by Raphael, 1504-1505



1975 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1475

1975stamp MadonnaChildGHIRLANDAIO


1976 stamp: Nativity, by John Singleton Copley, 1776

1976stamp NativityCopley


1979 stamp: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Gerard David, 1510


1981 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Sandro Botticelli, 1475-1485



1982 stamp: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1767-1770

1982stamp MadonnaGoldfinch


1983 stamp: Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, by Raphael, 1508

1983stamp MadonnaLargeRaphael


1985 stamp: Genoa Madonna, by Luca Della Robbia, 1445-1450



1986 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Perugino, 1501

1986stamp madonnachildPerugino


1987 stamp: A Gentleman in Adoration before the Madonna, by Giovanni Battista Moroni, 1560



1988 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Sandro Botticelli, 1470



1989 stamp: The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, by Lodovico Carracci, 1593



1990 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Antonello da Messina, 1475



1993 stamp: Madonna and Child in a Landscape, by Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, 1496-1499



1995 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Giotto di Bondone, 1320-1330

1995stamp MadonnaChildGiotto


1997 stamp: Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels, by Sano di Pietro, 1460-1470



1999 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Bartolomeo Vivarini, 1475


2002 and 2003 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Jan Gossaert, 1520

2002stamp MadonnaChildAIC


2004 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Lorenzo Monaco, 1413

2004stamp MadonnaChildMonaco


2007 stamp: The Madonna of the Carnation, by Bernardino Luini, 1515

2007stamp MadonnaCarnation


2008 stamp: Virgin and Child with the Young John the Baptist, by Sandro Botticelli, 1490



2009 stamp: Christmas: Madonna and Sleeping Child by Sassoferrato



2011 stamp: Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael, 1513

2011stamp Candelabra


2013 stamp: Virgin and Child, by Jan Gossaert, 1531






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