The British Museum Just Made 1.9M Stunningly Detailed Images Free Online
While it is not possible to wander through this iconic museum right now, as it remains closed due to Covid-19, the update offers an opportunity to virtually tour its immense collection of artifacts and artwork.
-Hartwig Fischer, director of the museum
In addition to making nearly two million images available to the public the museum has added enhanced views of important artifacts that reveal details that would not be observable even if you visited the exhibits in person.
The museum plans to expand the number of key artifacts that users can examine in close-up views over the coming weeks and months. As part of the revamp, the museum also released nearly 300,000 images for the first time.
The search also turned up more serious depictions of past outbreaks, such as the above print of the Plague of Athens in which people are clearly not abiding by any social distancing measures.
The keyword “quarantine” turned up this sketch of ships undergoing isolation protocols in 18th century Malta, and “isolation” led to a lithograph that shows the exact opposite of a face mask (to that point, there are thousands of examples in the collection).