Old Masters enthusiasts will now be able to pore through the expansive collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy from the comfort of their own home. Thanks to a collaboration between the eminent Italian gallery and Indiana University (IU), a collection of over 300 digitized ancient sculptures and fragments are available as interactive three-dimensional scans. The website was unveiled last Tuesday, August 7, to an eager public.
The Uffizi Digitization Project was undertaken by the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory in the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, collaborating with the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Florence. They intend to digitize the complete collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, and Boboli Gardens, a collection largely assembled by the Medici family between the 15th and 18th centuries. The venture was announced in 2016, and the endeavor will span five years as digitization continues. The institutions say they are about halfway complete, planning to finish the project in 2020.
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