C&G Partners has designed a rich new website for the Kress Foundation, an organization dedicated to “advancing the study, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century”. The Collection cannot be seen together anywhere IRL — nor this close up.
The new online resource brings over 3,000 works of art from the Kress collection into the public view in a single place, and allows extremely close up views of the entire set. Because the Collection is widely distributed, this digital experience is the only way to see it all at once.
C&G Partners worked closely with the Kress Foundation to ensure that the site redesign serves those they support, including historians of art and architecture, art conservators, art museum curators and educators, and art librarians.
With this mission in mind, art historians and enthusiasts alike can now explore the full breadth of the Collection, using a highly visual tool.
“A stunner with incredible utility”
— L. W. Schermerhorn, Deputy Director, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Site search offers different views including visual gallery, interactive map, and comprehensive list layouts.
A powerful digital viewer based on the IIIF API allows users to zoom to levels that expose brushstrokes, paint textures, and the evidence of time in extreme detail.
Search filters have highly detailed capacity, enabling search by a long list of data fields. In addition to the Collection, the site also showcases the prestigious grant programs that The Kress Foundation offers, and hosts an interactive timeline of the history of the organization.
The newly reimagined website offers a unique opportunity for expert and casual visitors to appreciate precious works from museums across the country from their own desktops and devices, advancing the Foundation’s core mission to share the art and architecture of Europe.