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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Collections Online

Hello WAM fans! Allow me to introduce myself to the frequent visitor as I mainly reside underground with the object of our precious collection. I’m Sarah Gillis, Assistant Registrar for Image Management, and I’m the point person to make information about the collection available to you!

Did you know that only about 5% of the collection is on display at one time? We’re making every effort in the Registrars office to share as much of the collection with you the visitor as possible! We are passionate about this collection, and being able to work closely with the objects on a daily basis is such a treat! I’m working as hard as possible to put as much of the collection out there as possible. With over a century of history within this collection, it’s a lot of work making these objects available to you. Part of what I do every day is make sure that the record has all of the required cataloguing information, and hopefully an image. This could sometimes require further researching into our Curatorial files

Since we launched our online collection search in July 2012, more than 14,000 object records have been made available for your viewing and research enjoyment (although not all of them have been photographed yet)! Some of the records, such as the Freakes have zoomify enabled so you can get closer to the details of the painting than you can within the gallery spaces!

So please, take some time to enjoy more of the collection!

- Sarah Gillis, Assistant Registrar for Image Management

Image: Wine Cup, Venetian, 16th-18th century, glass, 11.1 x 9.2 cm (4 3/8 x 3 5/8 in.), Worcester Art Museum (MA), Gift of Mrs. Philip L. Carbone, 1937.104
Image © Worcester Art Museum, All Rights Reserved.

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