Our post today includes a request that we have received from time to time and that, currently, with the crisis caused by the coronavirus, is getting usual.
Many users missed a place or list from which to access all the Second Canvas apps that have been published to date. Specially in these days when many of us must be confined to our homes, Second Canvas apps offer us the possibility of virtually visiting at the best quality, the collections of many museums, and enjoying, as if we were in a guided tour, narratives that explain each of his works of art with stories about details, characters, technique and much more. Then we have decided to create a list with all the apps, so that it is easy to download, from a single site, the app or apps that each one wants.
And here it is! You will find below the links to more than 40 apps from museums and institutions across Europe, Mexico and the USA. Enjoy and share them!
The Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery in Kendal, England. The museum houses one of the most important collections of watercolorists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with works by John Robert Cozens, David Cox, John Varley, Edward Lear, and J. M. W. Turner.
The museum is divided into six rooms dedicated to the different interests and activities of Friulian collectors and scholars and displays finds ranging from vases from Magna Graecia, to protohistoric, Roman and early medieval funerary objects.
Paolo Soleri and his wife Colly established the Cosanti Foundation in 1965 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Cosanti, a non-profit educational institution focuses on ideas about urban design. In 1970, the Foundation began construction of Arcosanti, a prototype arcology, in order to physically test Soleri’s urban planning concept.
The Biblioteca Nacional is the main information and document centre on Spanish and Ibero-American written, graphic and audiovisual culture. Its collections include all kinds of material and its holdings are largely enriched through acquisitions: purchase, copyright, donation and exchange.
Ekain shows an exceptional cave art of the Upper Paleolithic era. These artistic manifestations (paintings and engravings) created by the inhabitants of the cave, 14.000 or 13.000 years ago, appear as a global scale phenomenon. Ekain was declared World Heritage of Humanity in 2008 by UNESCO.
The collection forms the essence of the Museum. It is the main tool to delve into the knowledge of the Basque maritime culture. The museum’s collection is constantly growing, always open to the incorporation of all kinds of significant materials: engravings, paintings, photographs, postcards, posters, metallographies, nautical charts, plans, navigation instruments, boats, ethnographic objects, heritage elements industrial, underwater archeology, etc.
The Telefónica Collection is made up of a set of more than 1,000 works including painting, sculpture, photography and paper work. The creation of this fund begins in the 80s with the intention of promoting the recognition of a series of Spanish artists who are poorly represented in state museums. Exceptional works by Juan Gris, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Pablo Picasso and Luis Fernández were acquired then and over the following two decades, and with very different objectives from the initial one, the Collection was expanded and opened to other artistic paths.
Hammond Harwood House (USA)
The paintings at the Hammond-Harwood House include works by one of the most famous portrait painters in colonial America, Charles Willson Peale, as well several members of his family.
The Himsel Museum app essentially aspires to looking back to the future; it is a platform for exploring the origins of Baltic museum tradition through showcasing the early collections, which lay at the foundation of three large public museums in Riga – Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Latvian Museum of Natural History, and the Latvian National Museum of Art.
The permanent collection and dynamic exhibitions of American art range from nineteenth-century Hudson River School paintings to contemporary art installations; and explore Gilded Age decorative arts in the period rooms of our historic home, Glenview, built in 1877, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The historical ensemble consisting of the Castle, Augusteum and Prinzenpalais houses the collections of the Oldenburg State Museum for Art and Cultural History. The former Grand Ducal collection of paintings formed the basis for today’s museum, which was founded in 1921 and opened in the Castle two years later. With a total collection of well over 30,000 paintings, paper art, cultural-history and applied-art objects, the State Museum is one of Northern Germany’s most varied museums.
The Mauritshuis is home to the best of Dutch painting of the seventeenth century. The compact, yet world-renowned collection, is situated in the heart of The Hague, right next to the government centre. Masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Fabritius’ The Goldfinch and Potter’s The Bull are on permanent display in the rooms of this seventeenth-century monument.
MUAC is a public and university museum of contemporary art. It forms an active part of the Cultural Center project of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and generates knowledge and critical discourse in partnership with the community. Its collection safeguards and studies work produced since 1952—the year in which the University City campus was inaugurated—by artists based in Mexico.
Musea Utrecht (Netherlands)
Second Canvas Musea Utrecht is a collaborative project between the Utrecht museums, AxionContinu, ArteKino and Madpixel. With Second Canvas Museums Utrecht you will discover the collections of the Utrecht museums in a special way.
The collection of the Museo de Belas Artes da Coruña comprises a good number of pieces of painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, decorative arts and archeology. The collection began to form at the end of the 19th century and gradually grew thanks to the involvement of different donors, artists, groups and public institutions. Among the deposits, the paintings belonging to the Prado Museum stand out. Other institutions collaborated in the creation of the museum’s collection, such as the Xunta de Galicia itself. The donation of works to the museum was very intense too. In the last decades, the museum’s acquisitions program tried to complete the vision of Galician art from the XIX to the present day.
Museo Bellas Artes de Bilbao (Spain)
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is located in the city of Bilbao, in northern Spain, and is currently one of the country’s main museums. It is characterized by its chronological breadth, covering from the 13th century to the present day, and by the great diversity of artistic manifestations it contains.
The Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum is one of the main museums in the Spanish city of Malaga. It was inaugurated in 2011 and brings together one of the most important collections of Spanish and Andalusian painting from the beginning of the 19th century to the beginning of modernity in the 20th century, which covers some of the main genres of Spanish art in this period, such as the landscape and costumbrismo His more than 250 works come from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and also include a selection of pieces by ancient masters, including a Santa Marina de Zurbarán.
The Altamira National Museum and research center, or simply the Altamira Museum, is a center for the conservation, research and dissemination of the Altamira cave, in Santillana del Mar (Cantabria, Spain), named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Next to the cave, the museum offers the visitor workshops on prehistoric technologies and the permanent exhibition «The times of Altamira», with objects from the site, as well as those from El Morín, El Juyo and El Rascaño.
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico)
The Collection consists of 2,033 pieces: 1,417 belonged to Dr. Carrillo Gil’s private collection and the rest is the product of various donations. The MACG contemporary art collection is made up of 358 works. It stands out for its great diversity of media: painting, engraving, lithography, screen printing, collage, drawing, photography, installation, object art, artist’s book, sculpture and video.
Museo de Arte Moderno – MAM (Mexico)
The Museum of Modern Art (MAM) is a cultural venue dedicated primarily to preserving, studying, and disseminating Mexican art produced since the 1930s.
The National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN) is dedicated to the study and dissemination of the natural sciences. It is located in the old Palace of Arts and Industry of the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid. The Museum’s collections are made up of more than six million objects.
Museo Lázaro Galdiano (Spain)
State museum of private origin, which houses a wide and heterogeneous collection, formed with encyclopedic interest towards all the arts and techniques. This exceptional set, made up of more than 12,600 pieces, has an outstanding set of paintings, drawings and engravings by Goya, relevant examples from El Bosco, Lucas Cranach the Elder, El Greco, Murillo, Zurbarán, Claudio Coello , Luis Paret or Federico de Madrazo, as well as a miniature on parchment by Giulio Clovio and two bronzes by Giambologna. Possibly the most unique work in the museum is the painting El Salvador Joven, made in Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop based on a lost design by the master.
Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Mexico)
The Diego Rivera Mural Museum is located in the Historic Center of Mexico City, and it houses the mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central, by Diego Rivera. The museum’s objective is to preserve and spread Rivera’s work, and it also holds temporary exhibitions by other artists, talks, concerts and various activities.
Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares (Mexico)
The National Museum of Popular Cultures is located in Mexico City dedicated to the cultural and ethnic diversity of Mexico.
Museo Nacional de Historia – Castillo de Chapultepec (Mexico)
The National Museum of Mexican History preserves archaeological, historical, artistic, and heritage collections from the history of Mexico from the time of the Mexicas to the Mexican Revolution.
The Museum of the Empordà is an institution focused on researching, preserving and promoting local and regional cultural heritage, with an extensive program of exhibitions and activities. It offers the public a historical overview of its collections and a special space dedicated to contemporary art. Their first collections arrived from the Prado Museum, bringing together an interesting collection of artworks from the Catalan art scene (Sorolla, Casas, Nonell, Sacharoff, Tàpies, Torres Monsó, Zush and Pazos) and the Empordà in particular (Dalí, Santos, Reig, Vallès, Planells, Massanet, Gabriel and Mitjà). The collection includes archaeological works, medieval art and Baroque paintings.
Museu Nacional Arte Antiga (Portugal)
Located in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, it houses some 2,200 paintings and extensive collections of drawing and engraving, sculpture and decorative arts, both national and foreign. Two capital paintings by El Bosco and Durero stand out along with others by European masters between the 15th and 19th centuries such as Memling, Piero della Francesca, Carpaccio, Rafael, Cranach and Joshua Reynolds. It also has a sculpture by Rodin, more than 5,000 drawings (Perugino, Poussin, Géricault), valuable pieces of Rococo gold and testimonies of Portugal’s colonial past.
Located in the city of Barcelona (Spain), it stands out for its collection of Romanesque art, considered one of the most complete in the world. From the Gothic period the museum shows pieces made using various techniques that serve to illustrate this historical period in Catalonia. In the section dedicated to the Renaissance and the Baroque period there are two tablets by Bartolomé Bermejo, a Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew painted by Ribera, a Virgin with the child and saints by Giambattista Pittoni, an Immaculate Conception by Zurbarán and a famous Saint Paul by Velázquez, one of the few safe paintings by this artist preserved outside the Prado Museum. However, this section of the museum was incomplete and improved considerably with the private collection of Francesc Cambó and a deposit from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
It is the third-oldest applied arts museum in the world. The museum houses a collection of metalwork, furniture, textiles, and glass. It also has a library.
Housed in a grand 18th-century collegiate building on the Rynek, this museum displays a collection of art by local painters, including its namesake Jacek Malczewski. Other exhibits cover local history, archaeology and, yes, even stamps. It’s eclectic and oddly compelling. The facade features a mismatched jumble of plaques honoring local luminaries.
The National Museum in Gdańsk , established in 1972 (although the history goes back the third quarter of 19th century), is one of the main branches of Poland’s national museum system.
The National Museum in Kraków, popularly abbreviated as MNK, established in 1879, is the main branch of Poland’s National Museum, which has several independent branches with permanent collections around the country. The Museum consists of 21 departments which are divided by art period; 11 galleries, 2 libraries, and 12 conservation workshops. It holds some 780,000 art objects, spanning from classical archeology to modern art, with special focus on Polish painting.
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum is a Norwegian visual arts museum in Northern Norway. The Northern Norwegian Museum of Art is responsible for the entire northern region and in 2010 established a separate department for the nationwide program.
Paris Musées is a public institution that has incorporated in the same entity the 14 City of Paris Museums: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Maison de Balzac, Musée Bourdelle, Carnavalet Museum (History of Paris), The Catacombs, Musée Cernuschi (Museum of Asian Art), Musée Cognacq-Jay, Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame, Musée Galliera, Museum of the General Leclerc and the Paris’ Liberation – Jean Moulin Museum, Petit Palais (City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts), Musée de la Vie Romantique, Maison de Victor Hugo Paris / Guernsey, Zadkine Museum.
Second Canvas Museo del Prado – Bosco is an initiative born within the special program organized by the Museum throughout 2016 to commemorate the V Centenary of the death of the Flemish master. It is a new app, with new digitizations in gigapixel format of the works of the Flemish master: The hay cart, the Adoration of the Magi and the Table of Capital Sins. On this occasion, in addition to the interior panels of the triptychs, the exteriors have also been digitized, thus showing a part of these works little known until now, which allows access to the door closings and the scenes found in them.
Second Canvas Museo del Prado – Masterpieces is an app that allows you to delve like never before into the 14 masterpieces of the Prado Museum, great protagonists in the history of universal painting. 14 masterpieces in Gigapixel (ultra HD) format so that you can appreciate every last detail and navigate through each one of them discovering stories that speak about the characters, the technique used by the author or the details hidden in the painting. The app also includes about 60 related works, an explanatory sheet for each work as well as audio guides and sign guides.
It is famous for its important art collections, which are exhibited at its headquarters in Calle de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). They span more than four centuries, from Luis de Morales to Juan Gris and even later authors. Although not as famous as the Prado or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, due to the abundance, richness and significance of the works it preserves, it is considered the second art gallery in the country.
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are a group of art museums in Brussels, Belgium. The Royal Museums contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, which date from the early 15th century to the present.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the principal U.S. art museums, with paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all corners of the world.
San Telmo Museoa or STM is the municipal museum of the city of San Sebastián (Spain), dedicated to illustrating the evolution of Basque society, mostly through pieces of ethnography and Fine Arts.
The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst, also known as “SMK”, literally State Museum for Art) is the Danish national gallery, located in the centre of Copenhagen. The museum collects, registers, maintains, researches and handles Danish and foreign art dating from the 14th century to the present day. The museum’s collections constitute almost 9,000 paintings and sculptures, approximately 240,000 works of art on paper as well as more than 2,600 plaster casts of figures from ancient times, the middle-ages and the Renaissance. Most of the older objects come from the Danish royal collection.
The Slovak National Gallery is a network of galleries in Slovakia. It has its headquarters in Bratislava.
The Frick Art Museum’s collection includes a large group of works on paper by Jean-François Millet, Renaissance and Baroque bronzes, and nineteenth-century European paintings. There are also Late Medieval and Renaissance paintings of a devotional nature. In the Frick Art Museum, there are Renaissance and Baroque paintings with secular themes. In Clayton, in the mansion Frick lived in are 19th Century paintings by Jules Cazin, Jean-François Raffaëlli, and Anton Mauve.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum (in Spanish, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, or simply the Thyssen), is an art museum in Madrid, Spain, located near the Prado Museum on one of city’s main boulevards. It is known as part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia national galleries. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills the historical gaps in its counterparts’ collections: in the Prado’s case this includes Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools, while in the case of the Reina Sofia it concerns Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century. With over 1,600 paintings, it was once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection.
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) is an art museum and art education institution located in the Presidio District of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The Museum concurrently presents eight to nine exhibitions including international and traveling exhibitions, TMA-curated exhibitions, and ongoing exhibitions of permanent collections. TMA’s collection of more than 8,000 objects is focused on modern and contemporary art, Latin American, Western and Native American, and Asian art.