Museums Go Digital

Today’s New York Times had a great article about the ways in which art museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are using digital technology. In addition to enhancing viewer experiences, curators and conservators are using digital tools, like 3-D printing, to learn more about works of art, or see objects in ways not possible with the human eye.

“Museums are being redefined for a digital age. The transformation, museum officials say, promises to touch every aspect of what museums do, from how art and objects are presented and experienced to what is defined as art.”

The article can be found here


Monet: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has begun publishing a series of online scholarly collection catalogs. To date, they’ve published a catalog on Claude Monet and another on Auguste Renoir that represents one of the best examples of how digital technology can change the way research on artwork is conducted, compiled, and disseminated.  From their description: “the volume feature forty-seven works by Monet. Entries on the paintings and drawings include new art historical research and unprecedented high-resolution imaging that allows readers to zoom in to see the artist’s brushstrokes, as well as previously unpublished technical photography that unveils information hidden beneath the surface of the artwork through interactive, layered images showing X-ray, infrared, and other technical imaging. Conservation reports on each artwork offer in-depth studies of the artist’s process and incorporate new scientific data on his materials. Other features include a glossary, scanned archival materials, and biographical information about significant historical collectors for the museum.”