A Virtual Art Museum at Your Fingertips
As an art historian, I was naturally curious about this app that allows you to view and find out information on thousands of works of art. The Art Authority iPad2 app is a fun way to discover new art from your favourite artists and find new artists to love.
You start by looking at the wall with mini pictures of art from different time periods/movements. You can either browse a certain section and then choose an artist, or go through the Directory listing and search or shuffle to see art by a particular artist.
The shuffle feature is nice if you want to relax and check out some artwork. The information part of the app is linked to Wikipedia, which may or may not be a good thing. As you may know, the information on wikipedia is not the most reliable, but at least it provides a starting point for further research if one is so inclined.
This app really only has Western Art—so a great deal of the art in the world is excluded. This limits its usefulness, since this genre of art is widely available in book and online form. I would have liked to see a more diverse range of pieces and artists in this app.
Art Authority definitely has some great things about it—like the ability to show your friends a particular (Western Art) piece easily, instead of just trying to describe it. The cost of this app is only $4.99. The information linked to from the works is mostly biographical, which is actually nice in a way. That sort of information is lost on me most of the time—as in, I find it difficult to memorize information like that. I would recommend this for anyone interested in art, or looking for visual inspiration.