The website of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Robert Bergman Memorial Gallery of Early Christian and Byzantine Art is a sumptuous presentation of an extraordinary collection of religious paintings, sculptures, and icons. An online tour of the exhibition features the rare Jonah Marbles - large early Christian figures that tell the story of Jonah and the Whale. There is also gold jewellery, an imperial gift from the time of Constantine the Great (AD 306-337), Byzantine mosaics of Adam and Eve, and the exquisite Icon of the Virgin tapestry. The tour offers beautiful images of the art in the gallery, along with introductions to the objects. The site also carries video footage of recent conferences that have been held at the museum. This resource will be of interest to those working in art history, church history, or ancient history.
This is the home page of the project developed by the Ackland Art Museum to promote inter-faith communication among the different religious communities in North Carolina. The project uses the museum's collection of religious art as a starting point for exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism - five religions with the strongest following in the area. These are complemented by: a photography workshop where local youths are given the opportunity to capture on film their traditions and heritage; a story-telling workshop in which adults representing the five religions could present stories from their faith traditions; and the development of a series of teaching posters. Some of the outcomes are displayed on this web page. The site also offers a set of guidelines designed for those intending to use religious art to teach about a culture, religion or society; and online lesson plans. Links are provided to the home page of the Ackland Art Museum and other useful websites.
'A Great Assemblage: An Exhibit of Judaica', which is hosted by Yale University Library, takes the form of an online museum and brings together the highlights of the university's many collections related to Judaica. Contributions are here from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; the Judaica Collection of the Sterling Memorial Library; Yale's Babylonian Collection; Yale's Map Collection; Yale's Manuscripts and Archives; and Yale's Art and Architecture Library. It enables visitors to view manucripts, rare books and prints in Hebrew and Yiddish, as well as artefacts ranging from Babylonian times to the 1930s. Each image can be enlarged and is accompanied by a brief description. This site contains remarkable images of Babylonian art, 16th-18th-century Jewish marriage contracts, early 20th-century religious prints from Palestine, and more.
'Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries' is an online exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. It displays the images of some of the most significant findings from the chance discovery made in 1996 in Qingzhou, a northeastern province of Shandong. There, workers levelling a school sports field came across a pit loaded with over 400 Buddhist statues dated between 525 and 577. The findings not only revised understanding of medieval Buddhist practices, their significance have even been equated with that of the Terracotta Army. Apart from the close-up images of some of the limestone statues found, this attractive and well-presented website provides an overview of: the discovery; the significance of colour in Buddha sculptures; and the characteristics of the Buddha and stylistic changes.
The website 'stories of Krishna' allows users to explore a selection of the paintings featured in the exhibition 'Painted visions from India and Pakistan, past and present' in the 'past exhibitions' section of the website of the Seattle art museum. The exhibition comprises copies of nine paintings alongside which are presented an audio commentary of the story of Krishna and a transcript of the text of this story. Users can navigate to points in the exhibition by clicking on thumbnails of the images at the top of each page. On each page there are icons over the images which link to a pop-up description of the roles of the characters depicted. The music on the home page, as well as some of the audio features on subsequent pages, are a bit superfluous to the story, but this is an excellent representation of a museum exhibition which has quite rightly been recognised with awards. Well worth a visit.