Posts categorized as Collections Online

1,500 mud pools: Theo Schoon’s geothermal photographs

Pebble pool at Whakarewarewa, circa 1966, by Theo Schoon. Purchased 2001 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (CA000812/001/0017/0001)

Last year, a four-year project to digitise nearly 1,500 Theo Schoon photographs of bubbling mud and thermal landscapes came to an end. Thanks to the hard work of Image Coordinator Lucy Jackson and Archivist Jennifer Twist all of these images can now be viewed on Collections Online. Jennifer and Lucy share some details of this monumental project… Read more »

Playing Sherlock: How a chair unlocked the story behind a portrait of a New Zealand wars soldier

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Summer scholar Caitlin Lynch has taken a particular interest in a 19th-century portrait of New Zealand wars soldier Frederick Rowan that we knew very little about. Caitlin describes how a breakthrough clue, in the form of an ornate chair, led to the intriguing story of the solider’s facial injury and reconstruction. The Gordon Collection The Gordon… Read more »

Last week, a new Assassin’s Creed game mode was released which vividly brings ancient Egypt to our living rooms. Science researcher Rodrigo Salvador explains how this game can educate as well as entertain, and dives into our own Ancient Egyptian collections. Egyptomania No ancient civilization has captured the public’s imagination more than Egypt. The pyramids, sphinxes, animal-headed deities, hieroglyphs, and the… Read more »

Rapidly digitising 10,000 collection items

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Collections Data Technician, Gareth Watkins, describes some of the improvements we’ve made in the last six and half months to digitise our collections faster, and gives us a glimpse into some of the gems the team have uncovered so far. What do these images all have in common? They’ve all been digitised through Te Papa’s… Read more »

A plastered pastoral for Christmas

  • Pan and Syrinx
*oil on panel
*40,3 x 61 cm
*ca 1617
  • Studies of nose mouth
  • José_Ribera
  • Ribera nativity

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, looks at a remarkable print of drunken excess in the collection by 17th century Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera. In my previous Christmas blogs, I have focused on art works that emphasise the spiritual: Madonna and Child and Adoration themes in Te Papa’s collection, New Zealand’s early ‘Old… Read more »

Accidentally spooky: Photographs from Te Papa’s collections perfect for Halloween

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Happy Halloween! Curator Historical Photography Lissa Mitchell gets into the spirit of the occasion with a selection of frightfully fantastic photographs where not all is as it seems. Taking a photograph of someone can be a tricky business even for professional photographers. In the 19th century a certain kind of mistake created a new category… Read more »

In acknowledgement of of Tuvalu Language Week which ran from Sunday 1 October – Saturday 7 October 2017, Pacific curator Rachel Yates looks at daily life in Tuvalu through five photographs taken by New Zealand photographer Thomas Andrew (1855 – 1939), who spent a significant amount of time in the Pacific region. Nine islands Whilst on a tour… Read more »