Mosaics made of mirror shards and tiles cover each wall. Glittering chandeliers hang from the ceilings and spots of light dance in the domes.
The digital age has made it possible—easy, even—to visit some of the world’s most famous museums from the comfort of your own home.
12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online
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While it’s hard to beat the experience of seeing a seminal piece of fine art or important historical artifact with your own two eyes, one could easily spend a lifetime traveling the world in search of all of them. Fortunately, the digital age has made it possible—easy, even—to visit some of the world’s most famous museums from the comfort of your own home. Here are a dozen of them.
1. THE LOUVRE
The Louvre is not only one of the world’s largest art museums, but it’s also one of Paris’ most iconic historic monuments. The museum offers free online tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits, such as its Egyptian Antiquities. You can take a 360-degree look at the museum, and click around the rare artifacts to get additional information on their histories.
2. SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
While the architecture of the Guggenheim’s building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is quite impressive, you don’t have to visit the Big Apple to get an up-close view of some of the priceless pieces of artwork inside. The museum makes some of its collections and exhibits available online for people and students who want to get a taste of what the museum can offer, including works from Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Jeff Koons.
3. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Founded in 1937, National Gallery of Art is free and open to the general public. For those who aren’t in Washington D.C., it also provides virtual tours of its gallery and exhibits, including “Van Gogh’s Van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam” and "Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia: Millennium of Glory.”
4. BRITISH MUSEUM
With a collection that totals more than eight million objects, London’s British Museum makes some of its pieces viewable online, including "Kanga: Textiles From Africa" and "Objects From The Roman Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum." The museum also teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google Street View technology.
5. SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Natural History, one of the most visited museums in the world, offers a peek at its wonderful treasures with an online virtual tour of the entire grounds. Viewers are welcomed into its rotunda and are greeted with a comprehensive room-by-room, 360-degree walking tour of all its exceptional exhibits, including the Hall of Mammals, Insect Zoo, and Dinosaurs and Hall of Paleobiology.
6. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Met is home to over two million works of fine art, but you don’t have to be in New York City to enjoy them. The museum’s website features an online collection and virtual tours of some of its most impressive pieces, including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone. In addition, The Met also works with the Google Cultural Institute to make even more artwork (that’s not featured in its own online collection) available for view.
7. DALÍ THEATRE-MUSEUM
Located in the town of Figueres in Catalonia, Spain, the Dalí Theatre-Museum is completely dedicated to the artwork of Salvador Dalí. It features many rooms and exhibits surrounding every era of Dalí’s life and career, and the artist himself is buried here. The museum offers virtual tours of the grounds and a few exhibits, such as the surreal display of Mae West's Face.
NASA offers free virtual tours of its Space Center in Houston, with a wise-cracking animated robot named “Audima” as your tour guide.
9. VATICAN MUSEUMS
The Vatican Museums feature an extensive collection of important art and classical sculptures curated by the Popes over many centuries. You can take a virtual tour of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits, including Michelangelo’s ceiling of The Sistine Chapel.
10. NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM
The mission statement of the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future “by integrating women’s distinctive history and culture in the United States.” Part of that mission is delivered through well-curated online exhibits, including exhibits surrounding women in World War II and the rights of women throughout American history.
11. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the official museum of the United States Air Force and centered on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It houses a wide array of military weapons and aircrafts, including the presidential airplanes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon. The museum also offers free virtual tours of its entire grounds, such as decommissioned aircrafts from World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War.
12. GOOGLE ART PROJECT
To help its users discover and view important artworks online in high resolution and detail, Google partnered with more than 60 museums and galleries from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. The Google Art Project features fine art from the White House, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and even São Paulo street art from Brazil. Check out a complete list of museums you can visit online through the Google Art Project and the Google Cultural Institute.
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Hans Holbein the Elder, Portrait of the artist’s brother Sigmund, 1512, silverpoint, with black and red chalk, heightened with white bodycolour; on white prepared paper.
Hans Holbein the Younger painted this portrait for Henry VIII, who was seeking a fourth wife after the death of Jane Seymour. The sitter, Christina of Denmark, sat for over three hours. The marriage negotiations failed, but the King kept the portrait: http://bit.ly/1FIFuWR
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Throughout the course of history, the patronage of kings has provided support to musicians, painters, and sculptors from Europe to Asia. Rulers often used patronage of the arts to endorse their political ambitions, social positions, and prestige. Over the years many of these commissioned works of art have made their way into museums all over the world, including the National Gallery of Art.
A notable example of this is "Edward VI as a Child" by Hans Holbein the Younger, created for King Henry VIII. Holbein moved to England in 1526 and became court painter soon thereafter, producing portraits, festival sets, and other decorations intended to exalt the King and the Tudor dynasty. For this portrait of Henry VIII's only legitimate son and much desired male heir, Holbein depicted the child with a powerful physical presence and elegance appropriate to a court setting.
Can you think of other examples of court-commissioned works of art that have made their way into museum collections?
Hans Holbein the Younger, "Edward VI as a Child," 1538, oil on panel
Squirrels were popular pets in England as early as the 14th century. Hans Holbein the Younger probably painted this picture during his first visit to England in 1526-8. The sitter is likely to be Anne Lovell, whose family showed squirrels on their coat of arms: http://bit.ly/1S7c51g
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Hans Holbein the Younger's 'The Ambassadors'.
Holbein and England
Shortlisted in 2005 for the William Berger Prize for British Art History, awarded by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and the British Art Journal.
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One of the greatest artists of sixteenth-century Europe, Hans Holbein the younger earned high acclaim for his work both in the city of Basel and in England for Henry VIII and other patrons. This book is the first to explore the full range of the artist’s English body of work as well as the relation of this work to the visual and material culture of Tudor England. Providing a detailed account of the paintings, drawings, and woodcuts that Holbein produced in England, the book demonstrates convincingly that that country was not as remote from a common European culture as is often assumed. Rather, it was an unmistakable part of that culture.
Susan Foister discusses not only Holbein's well-known portraits but also his decorative paintings and murals, now lost, his designs for goldsmiths, and the works that can be associated with the English Reformation. In addition, she considers Holbein's religious and secular images, his techniques and practices, his status as an official court painter, and a variety of other intriguing topics.
Susan Foister is curator of Early Netherlandish, German and British painting and Director of Collections, National Gallery London.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Holbein Holbein in England
Holbein’s English Patrons
Holbein at Work
A Holbein Workshop?
Paintings in Early Sixteenth-century England
3 Decoration and Design The Greenwich Revels of 1527
The Hanseatic Commissions
Designs for Goldsmiths
4 Holbein and the English Reformation Holbein and the Imagery of the English Reformation
The Coverdale Bible
Holbein’s Radical Reformation Woodcuts
5 Holbein the Portraitist
From Basel to England
Portraits of Foreigners
Portraits for the English
Conclusion: Holbein and England after 1543
Noli me Tangere by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524.
Noli me tangere, meaning "don't touch me" / "touch me not", is the Latin version of words spoken, according to John 20:17, by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognizes him after his resurrection.
The original phrase, Μή μου ἅπτου (mê mou haptou), in the Gospel of John, which was written in Greek, is better represented in translation as "cease holding on to me" or "stop clinging to me". The biblical scene of Mary Magdalene's recognizing Jesus Christ after his resurrection became the subject of a long, widespread and continuous iconographic tradition in Christian art from late antiquity to the present. So Pablo Picasso for example used the painting Noli me tangere by Antonio da Correggio, stored in the Museo del Prado, as an iconographic source for his famous painting La Vie (Cleveland Museum of Art) from the so-called Blue Period.
The phrase also appears in the sensual poem Whoso list to hunt by Sir Thomas Wyatt, where it refers to the elusive lover.
According to Solinus, white stags found 300 years after Caesar's death had their collars inscribed with: "Noli me tangere, Caesaris sum", meaning "Do not touch me, I am Caesar's".
1 Liturgical use
3 See also
 Liturgical use
The words were a popular trope in Gregorian chant. The supposed moment in which they were spoken was a popular subject for paintings in cycles of the Life of Christ and as single subjects, for which the phrase is the usual title.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church the Gospel lesson on Noli me tangere is one of the Twelve Matins Gospels read during the All Night Vigil on Sunday mornings.
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