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Increased access to images and research

Academics to benefit from increased access to National Gallery Collection images and research

Issued August 2007

From autumn 2007, digital images of the National Gallery's entire collection will be available free of charge for scholarly publications. In addition, the Gallery's acclaimed scholarly journal, the National Gallery Technical Bulletin, will be made available online for subscription or purchase.

As part of its ongoing commitment to support scholarship and encourage research into the nation's collection of Old Master paintings, the National Gallery is delighted to announce that from autumn 2007, image reproduction charges will be waived for academic books and journals where orders are processed and delivered online from the Picture Library.

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Authors publishing academic work relating to the Gallery's collection will be encouraged to use the high-quality digital images available exclusively from National Gallery Images, where charges will be waived for not-for-profit, short-run publications.

The images will be available as A4 and A5 at 300dpi. The picture files are derived from fully colour-calibrated digital image files created by the National Gallery. The colour is therefore consistent across all images in the collection, meaning image users will be able to make informed comparisons about colour, tone and brightness, and be assured of consistent colour reproduction through to print.

At the same time, the complete archive of the National Gallery Technical Bulletin is to be made available online. The Bulletin is an acclaimed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of the technical study and care of the National Gallery's collection. Published annually since 1977, it has set an international standard for research on Old Master paintings.

Back issues of the Technical Bulletin contain articles on some of the best-known and most important works in the collection, and on the collaborative work of the National Gallery's Curatorial, Scientific and Conservation departments. These technical accounts have proved to be of great value to museums and conservators around the world, while the Gallery's multidisciplinary approach has exerted a growing influence on the teaching of art history in universities.

Following a brief trial commencing in July, subscribers will have access from September 2007 to all volumes of the Bulletin, including those now out of print. In addition, individual articles can be ordered for $25 each. The new Technical Bulletin, volume 28, will be available both as a journal and online from September.

The Technical Bulletin is available online during the trial period from IngentaConnect.

For further press information please contact:
Natalia Yanez Exner 020 7747 2596 or e-mail

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