"Waves at Matsushima," by Japanese designer/painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu. <a href="http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2015-01-15/democratizing_art_asian_collection_goes_digital#slideshow-unveiling-a-treasure-trove-of-art">See more images in our slideshow</a>.

"Waves at Matsushima," by Japanese designer/painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu. See more images in our slideshow.

In a “democratization of art,” the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries released a digital archive of their 40,000-item collection — the first of the Smithsonian museums to share their entire holdings with a global audience. Three-fourths of the collections have never been displayed, so the digital depository gives academics, collectors and art lovers their first glimpse of many Asian treasures. We find out more about this massive digital project, and learn about some of the curiosities in the collection.


  • Julian Raby Director, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Slideshow: Unveiling A Treasure Trove Of Art

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