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Friday, March 27, 2009

NG London/Collection News: Zoomable Pictures


Zoom-able Pictures

An exciting new way to explore the National Gallery's world class painting collection online.

With the introduction of high definition zoomable scans created using scanning technology developed in the National Gallery's Scientific and Photographic departments, visitors to the site are now able to marvel at the beauty and skill with which some of the world's greatest masterpieces were rendered.

Using a 'picture navigator' visitors to the website are now able to scroll around these magnified images at their leisure, and zoom in to discover exciting and often surprising details not evident in the smaller images.

Over time this special feature will be made available on every painting in the permanent collection for which it would prove beneficial. To deter copyright infringement, all the zoomable images carry a discreet logo embedded within the image.

The Gallery hopes the zoom facility will prove to be an invaluable asset to those wishing to explore its paintings in greater detail online than ever before.

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