Digital reproductions of art are becoming better all the time. With higher pixel densities we can zoom in to see items in remarkable clarity. Once we add laser depth scanning to cameras we will also be able to add the 3d data. Now the New York Met has put 400,000 digital representations of their collection online for free download.
The artworks have been released as Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC), which means students, academics and anyone working on scholarly-like not-for-profit projects can use them free of charge. The collection—which ranges from Rembrandt to obscure Aztec sculpture—is made up of images that the museum feels are in the public domain but aren’t subject to any other copyright restrictions.
This is very cool! Data like this will be very useful in Virtual Reality applications where you will be able to take a virtual tour of famous museums. It will also be possible to create artificial collections of art from around the world. I wonder if we will start to see mashups of art in new ways?
Awesome! Browse the art here.