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Now available: Diego Rivera images from the Detroit Institute of Arts

Now available: Diego Rivera images from the Detroit Institute of Arts

ARTstor and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) have collaborated to release more than 1,000 images of works by Diego Rivera to the Digital Library. The images were digitized from a rare collection of photographs created in conjunction with the seminal 1986 exhibition “Diego Rivera: A Retrospective,” organized by Linda Downs, Curator of Education, and Ellen Sharp, Curator of Graphic Arts, at the DIA to mark the 100th anniversary of Rivera’s birth. The photographs provide comprehensive documentation of Rivera’s works, including frescos, paintings, and works on paper. Of particular note are images of preparatory cartoons, drawings, and notebooks that have never been published and have since been dispersed and acquired by private collections.

Since its founding in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts has assembled a collection of over 60,000 objects, encompassing an encyclopedic overview of world art from pre-history to the present. In addition to distinguished collections of American and European art, the museum also houses works from Africa, Oceania, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2000, the General Motors Center for African American Art was established to broaden the museum’s holdings of African American art.

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