Friday, 24 June 2011

Gov Paintings Online

Yesterday the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC launched Your Paintings and Your Paintings Tagger, a project to create an online catalogue of every oil painting in the Government Art collection (CLICK) on a dedicated website for us common folk to gawk at (CLICK). No acrylics? It has already put 63,000 paintings online out of the collection of 200,000. The BBC has added videos of celebrities giving you guided tours (CLICK). Here's Thomas Phillips' Portrait of Lord Byron dressed in traditional Albanian costume (1814) © Government Art Collection. Note the copyright message. To call these "Your Paintings" is patronising codswallop. Government owns the copyright, not us. Still, we will be allowed to view 'em and tag 'em (title link).


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