Journal Digital, July 1, 1999
Several excellent Lee & Lee discs examined in p ast columns (Database&Disc Reviews,
LJ 9/1/98, LJ 11/1/98, and LJ 2/1/99) covered Chinese art. Here's a change of pace as Lee & Lee introduces some of the treasures of Western art in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.
The disc presents images and information on 310 works from the 12th to the 20th centuries.
Artists represented include Raphael, Velazquez, Van Gogh, Matisse, Titian, and Goya. The
artworks are made accessible through 72 narrated thematic Tours, an Album of all images, a Timeline, a Virtual Museum, and an Index. The latter is especially good, offering an excellent
variety of contextual ways to view the images: Styles, Genres (allegorical, historical mythological, portraiture), Techniques (silver, marble fresco, drawings), and listings of the works and the artists.
Each image has brief background information with clear narrations and
-- Ed Tallent, Research Instruction, Harvard Coll. Lib.