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Smithsonian completes digitising job

Published Mon, Dec 15, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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Washington

THEY chose a pretty piece for last.

Photographer John Tsantes had placed the Seated Princess - an opaque watercolour and gold painting that is part of the famed Islamic collection of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M Sackler Gallery - on his table and focused the cutting-edge digital camera mounted overhead. And in the split-second it took for the camera's shutter to close, the museum completed a multi-year effort to digitise its 40,000-item collection.

The 400-year-old artwork was the last of works owned by the Smithsonian's Asian art museums to be digitally recorded. The images will go online on Jan 1, making this boutique Smithsonian the first of the franchise to share its entire collecti…

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