Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Artwork for One and All

The National  Gallery of Art and other museums like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have begun uploading and offering their artwork to the public to view and and download as they like. In a statement in The NY Times, National Gallery spokesperson, Deborah Ziska, says: "I don’t think anyone thinks we've cheapened the image of the Mona Lisa. people have gotten past that, and they still want to go to the Louvre to see the real thing. It’s a new, 21st-century way of respecting images."

So, if your students are studying art in any period of history, they might take a look at the National Gallery of Art's online exhibit, or the Google Art Project.  But not all museums allow you to copy and download digitized images. According to the Times, for example, The National Gallery of London has digitized over 2500 artworks but does not allow for free downloads.  Open Culture also has a story about this new trend.

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