Website a hit

By on 13/07/2009 in News

Pre-RaphaeliteA new website showcasing Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery's world famous Pre-Raphaelite collection is proving to be a hit with art lovers and critics.

Launched last month, Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource offers an unrivalled resource for studying the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, using Microsoft's cutting-edge Silverlight technology to bring pixel perfect definition to the screen, as if seeing the real artwork in a museum.

Over 2,000 fine and decorative artworks with never before seen clarity will be available through Silverlight, a plug-in that offers the Pre-Raphaelite website and its users an amazing Deep Zoom functionality.

Professor Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University, said: “The Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource is a major step forward in bringing Victorian art into the digital age.

“The images and information now available online will be of great use to scholars, while the teaching resources should fire the imagination and interest of schools everywhere, bringing the unsurpassed Birmingham collection the worldwide attention it deserves.”

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, added: “What has been achieved here by our own Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is truly amazing. We have the world's largest collection available not only to Birmingham residents, but the world.”

BMAG staff are still adding images and records to the site, so the online collection will continue to grow.

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