Barnes Foundation Makes Art Collection Available Online

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Barnes Foundation has gone all-in online — and it might help you appreciate its astounding collection in a whole new way.

In high-resolution and available for download are pieces from artists such as van Gogh, Rousseau, Modigliani and Renoir.

Many of the masterworks and objects have been on the web before, but not in such detail, says chief experience officer Shelley Bernstein.

“I think Dr. Barnes really wanted everyone to feel like the works in his collection were accessible,” she said.

Also at, a novel art experience.

“See visually related works that are more similar to or more surprising than the one you’re looking at,” Bernstein said.

Explore those relationships in terms of color, space, light, and lines. There’s even a shuffle feature that promises a unique layout with every click.

“And there’s no other collection online like it,” Bernstein said.

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