The complicated situation of the Covid-19 pandemic is still causing people in many countries around the world to continue implementing social isolation measures. Accordingly, they will have to stay at home almost 24/7, minimizing going out if not necessary. Public places of culture and entertainment are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of the disease.
To help people not be bored during this difficult time, recently the British Museum has officially opened online, allowing tourists to visit for free without having to leave the house. Thanks to the rapid development of technology in the digital age, they are able to post all 1.9 million art paintings, and 4.5 million other artifacts on the Internet with excellent quality and resolution. strokes. Not only that, users can freely download and freely use these paintings for their personal use, based on the Creative Common 4.0 certificate.
The British Museum has updated a large amount of artwork for its online collection.
Hartwig Fischer, museum director, said: “We are happy to be able to implement this project soon. Hopefully important artifacts can bring new inspiration, or simply help people relax during the most difficult times today.”.
In addition to nearly 2 million artworks that are widely available for non-profit purposes, the British Museum also launches a series of unique artifacts, with many historical values. They said even the direct visitors are unlikely to have the opportunity to admire these items. In addition, the quality of images posted on the Internet is so high that users can freely zoom in and zoom out for a closer look. This is a wonderful gift for collectors and researchers who can’t go out to work because of Covid-19.
Saying there is a testimonial, the British Museum has posted a number of videos with lots of valuable artifacts for modeling. Among them is Game of Ur, an ancient form of board game of Mesopotamia from 5000 years ago; or the Hakananai’a Flower sculpture of Easter Island. Accordingly, users can freely enlarge the image to observe without fear of breaking lines.
The sample video that the British Museum has posted on Twitter shows that the pictures in their online collection are extremely sharp, can freely zoom in and out without worrying about the quality.
Over the next few weeks to several months, the British Museum plans to continue to update the number of artifacts that visitors can visit online. This collection is not only a new way of entertainment, but can also help us learn more about other major pandemics in human history.
For example, when entering the keyword “plague”, users can get interesting results such as a caricature of the birth of the plague in the UK, drawn in 1783. It shows a lot of fictional elements, including the appearance of dark witches – who may be involved in the epidemic at the time. Besides, there are also many painting results that truly reflect the past pandemic situation, such as the “Plague of Athens”.
The picture “the birth of plague in the UK”.
The term “quarantine” is a bit broader, not just related to the current state of social spacing, such as a sketch of abandoned and scattered ships. Each other on Malta Island in the 18th century. With the museum allowing for free use, users can download such photos for their own personal projects, or create campaign campaigns. , propagated during the Covid-19 period.
The keyword “quarantine” is much more broad and interesting.
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According to Vice