What a wonderful world we live in when we can visit major art museums and see their collections from the comfort of our padded seats. The digitalization of their collections proceed apace. More and more museums are providing their collections online. This makes it a pleasure to browse.
For the sake of this post, let’s stick with the U.S. and the U.K.
If you can’t get to D.C.’s National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian), browse their art online.
The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford have just made several collections online as well. Their earlier digital collections are now part of Digital Bodleian.
Finally they are now giving the world the ability to see one-of-a-kind works of art that will never ever be on display.
A Chinese book from 1633 with woodblock prints and calligraphy was just digitized by The University of Cambridge’s Digital Library. It had never been opened.
Now The Shi zhu chai she he pu is open to the world… and it is exquisite.