A Masterwork On Your Screen: Museums Digitize Collections

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A Masterwork On Your Screen: Museums Digitize Collections

As more museums digitize their collections, we'll explore how technology is bringing the public closer to art and if that changes how we experience it.

Many of the most famous artworks in the world have long been available to audiences looking for them on the web. But until recently, one still had to travel to museums to fully experience those masterpieces. Now museums are presenting high-resolution images of masterpieces in the public domain, allowing viewers to observe colors and textures like never before. We'll explore how technology is bringing the public closer to art and if that changes how we experience it.

Guests

Peter Dueker

Head of digital imaging services, National Gallery of Art

Anne Goodyear

President, College Art Association; co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Tyler Green

Producer, host and editor, Modern Art Notes; columnist, Modern Painters magazine

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