Morgan Library Will Digitize Collection of More Than 10,000 Drawings

Dürer's 'Adam and Eve,' 1504. (Courtesy the Morgan Library)

Dürer’s ‘Adam and Eve,’ 1504. (Courtesy the Morgan Library)

Slowly but surely, museums from around the world are getting in on the digitization game. The latest to enter is the Morgan Library and Museum, which said today that it will scan its collection of drawings, which includes more than 10,000 works, and make them available for free on its website.

That collection includes works by masters like Dürer, Watteau, Schiele and Cézanne. Here’s a bit from the release:

The images will be accessible in two formats: one for general identification and another for detailed study with enhanced resolution. Scholarly information about each drawing will be linked to a corresponding Morgan catalogue record. Importantly, the project includes approximately 2,000 images of versos (reverse sides) of drawings that contain rarely seen sketches or inscriptions by the artist.

Next to join the digital world, according to the Morgan, will be its formidable print collection.