Virtually the real thing?

Whether you’re planning on visiting Florence and want to get in some pre-travel research, or you’re the kind of person who likes to live vicariously virtually, you can now get a really (really!) upclose look at a sample of famous works from Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. That’s because one of the world’s most famous museums has taken it’s ancient masterpieces online.
With the latest technology from Italian company Haltadefinizione, the artworks are now visible in über up-close on the company’s website.
Botticelli’s Venus is there in all her glory, one of the most famous artworks in the historic gallery thanks to the opening credits of Desperate Housewives*.
Keeping the Botticelli beauty company in cyberspace are four other famous works, which you can zoom in on to see more than the human eye is able to when looking at the real thing. Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci are two other artists put under the microscope on the site.
Some interesting things can be seen, such as a minature self-portrait hidden in Caravaggio’s Bacchus work.
The technology also allows viewers to truly see the finite detail in the works. Brush strokes painstakingly lashed onto the canvas, hidden after-images, and other details.
The online images are at a resolution of 28 billion pixels, and have been achieved taking a series of up-close shots that have then been jig-sawed together. You can check it out for yourself at until the end of January 2010.
The company has however watermarked the images with their own logo.
So as with all things virtual, they just don’t stack up to the real thing. If you’d like a guided tour of the museum, either privately or as part of our group tours, please contact us via or visit our site, to see a full range of Florence/Tuscany, Rome, Venice and Veneto tours.

*Yes yes, we are kidding!

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