iPad & Tablet Apps for Art History, Art & Photography

ARTLENS (link to app in itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artlens/id580839935?mt=8)

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ArtLens is the Cleveland Museum of Art's iPad app, which allows you to personalize your experience of the collection both at the museum and from home. You can use ArtLens to delve into layers of interpretive content on a variety of works in the collection. Once you're at the museum, you can use it in Gallery One—CMA's innovative gallery featuring art, technology, and interpretation—as well as throughout the museum's permanent collection galleries.

ArtLens is available for download to your iPad 2+ for free, in the iTunes app store. Once you've downloaded the ArtLens to your iPad, launch the app—but be patient! The first time you launch ArtLens, it may take 10 or more minutes to install and upload the collection to provide a more streamlined experience. We promise, it's worth the wait! Be sure to download and launch your application before coming to the museum, so you can begin immediately when you arrive.

From the Cleveland Museum of Art http://www.clevelandart.org/gallery-one

Interaction of Color - Josef Albers   http://yalebooks.com/  (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interaction-color-by-josef/id664296461?mt=8)

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First published in 1963, Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is one of the most influential books on color ever written. The classic text achieves its full, interactive potential in this stunning new application for iPad. The full app is free to download, and allows you to sample Chapter 10, including accompanying text, video commentary, two interactive plates, and the palette tool. The complete app--featuring the full text, 125 plates, 60 interactive studies, and over two hours of video commentary—can be unlocked through an in-app purchase.

History of Western Architecture - Architory (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/architory-history-western/id369025664?mt=8 )

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Architory organizes and presents over 100 notable architects and their works from the Renaissance to the modern era, using carefully selected images and written commentary. Architory is a simple but effective app to help you quickly become familiar with the architects who made significant contributions to western civilization through their works.

Architect Envi Deluxe (link to app in ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/architect-envi-deluxe/id320986384?mt=8)

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History's greatest architects, in your pocket! Architect Envi Deluxe brings Web-based photos of the works from the world's most renown architects to your iPhone, along with in-depth information on the architects and their designs. It's a great way to get to investigate a time period or to check out a building from any of over 100 architects.

Europeana http://www.europeana.eu/ (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/europeana-open-culture/id646414251?mt=8)

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    This version allows search in selected image collections of Europeana, Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage portal. The images included are available for free re-use and cover five themes: Maps and Plans, Art, Photography, Treasures of the Past, and Treasures of Nature.

The Van Gogh Museum - Touch Van Gogh http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touch-van-gogh/id673141174?mt=8

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    Touch Van Gogh: what paintings can reveal

    This app allows you to explore the wealth of information contained in and under the paint in Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Simply ‘touch’ Van Gogh’s art works and let the paintings tell their stories. The surprises in store include revelations about recycled canvases, discoloured pigments and Van Gogh’s use of a perspective frame.

Getty Museum - The Life of Art http://www.getty.edu (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-life-of-art/id498585963?ls=1&mt=8 )

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    How do objects end up in a museum? Discover the answer to that question from the artworks themselves in this app from the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Life of Art app enables users to retrace the lives of a lidded bowl, a silver fountain, a side chair, and a wall light in the Getty’s collection by examining physical clues. The interactive app features stunning photography, animations, video, and 360 rotations that bring the rich biographies of these objects to life.

Getty Museum - Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance  http://www.getty.edu (link to app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/florence-at-dawn-renaissance/id603351585?ls=1&mt=8 )

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    In the early 1300s, Florence flourished as a center of artistic production, especially in painting and manuscript illumination. Experience the dynamic climate that set the state for the Renaissance through stories about seven objects. The interactive app features slide shows, animations, X-ray and ultraviolet photography, and pan and zoom functionality.