Posted by: bluesyemre | March 23, 2020

Take a Virtual Tour of 30 World-Class #Museums and safely visit 2 million works of #FineArt

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Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of viewing works of art. At a conference on the subject in 2001, Susan Hazan of the Israel Museum wondered whether there is “space for enchantment in a technological world?” She referred to Walter Benjamin’s ruminations on the “potentially liberating phenomenon” of technologically reproduced art, yet also noted that “what was forfeited in this process were the ‘aura’ and the authority of the object containing within it the values of cultural heritage and tradition.” Evaluating a number of online galleries of the time, Hazan found that “the speed with which we are able to access remote museums and pull them up side by side on the screen is alarmingly immediate.” Perhaps the “accelerated mobility” of the internet, she worried, “causes objects to become disposable and to decline in significance.”

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Note: This post originally appeared on our site in May 2016. It has since been updated to include more art from different museums.

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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