I had the great honor of visiting the Van Gogh museum last summer. I had seen a good portion of the collection when it visited the LA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) a few years back, but was excited to be able to see the collection in Van Gogh’s native Netherlands. I was not disappointed; however, if I had visited the official website of the Van Gogh Museum – www.vangoghmuseum.nl; I could have saved myself a trip to Europe. This website is so comprehensive, and the images are just like being there in person. One of my favorite features of this site is that under "The Museum" tab, within the Permanent Collection, there is a searchable page of the museum’s holdings with such categories as Still Lifes, Portraits, Landscapes, and a section to search by title from A–Z.
Some of my favorite features of this website include a video on Van Gogh’s life and another one which details the restoration of the iconic painting called The Bedroom. The process is recreated in painstaking detail and gives a unique view of what it is like to recreate and restore a priceless and dearly loved work of art. The museum is also part of the Google Art Project. And as is increasingly the case nowadays, there is a section dedicated expressly for social media. You can follow the museum on Twitter, You Tube, and Facebook, among other social media platforms. The website is fully translatable into such languages as English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German. Overall, this website is very easy to navigate and is as informative as it is awe–inspiring. You don’t need to be a Van Gogh aficionado to appreciate his talent and his impressive body of work.
Reviewed by FIDM Library Staff Member Monika Earle