World Monuments Fund

San Juan Bautista in Huaro; Interior detail, 16th c. – 17th c., Huaro, Peru. Photographer: Ruperto Marques/World Monuments Fund,

Artstor has collaborated with the World Monuments Fund (WMF) to share nearly 2,000 images of architecture, sites, and monuments from around the world in the Digital Library. Launched in 1996 and issued every two years, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster. The Watch likewise encompasses sites with compelling issues or progressive approaches that could inform the field at large. The collection in Artstor will consist of images documenting various Watch List sites and monuments, with a particular focus on art and architecture.  

The World Monuments Fund, founded in 1965, devotes its resources to conservation and advocacy related to the safeguarding of cultural heritage sites. WMF has worked in the field for more than 40 years and has participated in the conservation of sites as diverse as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, Easter Island, Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, Pompeii, Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill, the Dome of the Invalides in Paris, and Angkor Wat. WMF's world has spanned the globe and cut across time from the earliest of civilizations to mid-twentieth century modernism. WMF has amassed a rich image collection in the course of documenting its projects, which run the gamut from Babylon to Bauhaus. The opportunity for WMF to share its resources with Artstor will assure that students and scholars have access to this body of work that represents some of the most complex conservation projects of recent decades.