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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Library and Archives Canada launches its Portrait Portal

Library and Archives Canada has launched its online Portrait Portal, making available more than nearly 15,000 high-quality digitized images from the national portrait collection. "I would like to invite Canadians, wherever they live, to visit the Portrait Portal and experience the thousands of works of art that tell our stories and help define our Canadian identity," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "This digital approach allows greater access to our national documentary heritage." The Portrait Portal showcases the largest collection of portraits in the country, which includes works acquired since the 1880s. This collection is comprised of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, caricatures, medals and other works representing historical figures who played an important role in Canada's development as a nation. "This digitization initiative now makes available to Canadians across the country many thousands of works by renowned Canadian artists, ranging from portraits made by Yousuf Karsh to those of William Topley," said Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Daniel J. Caron. "Hockey fans can even find rare hockey cards, circa 1910, from the C.J. Haynes collection." In addition, many works by Arnaud Maggs are now accessible on the Portrait Portal

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