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Introduction to electronic resources in art and architecture

Electronic resources devoted to the arts have witnessed profound growth over the past decade. Image search engines, digitized archival materials, and decentralized communication networks are slowly but surely reshaping the research landscape. Works of art too fragile for handling have been given new permanence (as much as anything is permanent on the web). Discussion forums link scholars around the globe. The digital environment has proven a powerful working space for artists, allowing them to find – if not create – potentially vast audiences for their work. At their best, then, the resources compiled in this chapter hold the potential to broaden the exchange of ideas and bring innovative ...

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