Visiting A Virtual Version Of A Real Library

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Evan Rail explains photographer Jeffrey Martin's panoramic project of the Strahov monastery's Philosophical Hall in Prague:

The finished Strahov library panorama, released Tuesday on Martin’s website, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside one of Prague’s most beautiful halls, a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists (a few of whom can be seen standing behind the velvet rope at the room’s normal viewing station).

Martin’s panorama lets you examine the spines of the works in the Philosophical Hall’s 42,000 volumes, part of the monastery’s stunning collection of just about every important book available in central Europe at the end of the 18th century more or less the sum total of human knowledge at the time.

I wonder if art museums could do the same thing, and allow virtual visitors to browse at will.

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