Zooming into Italian Masterpieces

This past week, an Ital­ian web site (Hal­tadefinizione) placed online six mas­ter­pieces from the famous Uffizi Gallery in Flo­rence, all in super high res­o­lu­tion. Each image is packed with close to 28 bil­lion pix­els, a res­o­lu­tion 3,000 times greater than your nor­mal dig­i­tal pho­to. And this gives art con­nais­seurs every­where the abil­i­ty to zoom in and explore these paint­ings in exquis­ite­ly fine detail – to see strokes and details not nor­mal­ly seen even by vis­i­tors to the Uffizi. The paint­ings fea­tured here include Bot­ti­cel­li’s The Birth of Venus; Leonar­do da Vin­ci’s Annun­ci­a­tion and The Last Sup­per; The Bap­tism of Christ by Ver­roc­chio and da Vin­ci; Car­avag­gio’s Bac­chus; and the Por­trait of Eleono­ra of Tole­do by Bronzi­no. These mas­ter­pieces will remain online for free until Jan­u­ary 29. For more details on the project, look here. Thanks Clau­dia for the great heads up.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

A Vir­tu­al Tour of the Sis­tine Chapel

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