This site began as part of the work of the Markup Languages and
Hypertext seminar at the University of Washington, Fall, 1998. Its
purpose is to provide more compelling reproductions of the paintings,
though the viewer should bear in mind that many of these paintings are
many times larger than any computer screen now available, and that
scale contributes a great deal to impact. Judging by traffic, the site
has met a real need, and I have updated it as numbers and resolution of
images have increased. Some images use dejavu
and require a plugin for the browser.
Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" is available on line.
Daniel Chandler has a nice set of notes on
A special feature is Archduke Leopold William's Gallery: the painting by David Teniers the Younger (Ways,
p. 85) is a 17th century catalog of the Archduke's collection; it looks
like an array of thumbnail copies, and it is here made into an imagemap where many of the individual paintings link to full-screen reproductions. Teniers, I think, would have approved.
Several of Berger's points about the social function of Art in
modern Britain are dilated upon and extended by Graham Harwood (of
Mongrel) in his alternative website for the Tate Gallery.