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State of the art (04 Nov 2004)
If you point at a picture on a gallery wall, you don't expect to be able to zoom in. But that is exactly what is happening for visitors to Florence's Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Once the home of the Medici family, the great patrons of the Renaissance, the vast building houses an important set of frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit every year.
But the paintings are too high, too detailed, and the room too full of people for them to be properly appreciated in a crowd. Museums are stupid in this way: even here in Florence, surrounded by the treasures of the Renaissance, the exhibits pale in comparison to the fully interactive, knowledge-sharing, totally accessible information sources that make up the best of the internet.
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