Portugal’s national treasures on the internet

THIRTY MUSEUMS and five Portuguese palaces have uploaded 30,000 images from their art collections onto the internet.

Anybody can now access pictures of thousands of treasures by logging onto www.matrizpix.imc-ip.pt

All of the images of art treasures have been catalogued and researched and contain explanations.

The online data base will be constantly updated with new information and up to 200 new images a month.

The aim of the service is to improve the public’s knowledge of the nation’s collections and encourage people to visit the collections.

The service, called MatrizPix, was unveiled by the Director of the Institute of Museums and Conservation, Manuel Bairrão Oleiro, last week.

Art of Photography university fellow and researcher Luís Bravo welcomed the creation of image banks making life easier for researchers, businesses and school children in what would otherwise be a laborious process searching out library and archive publications.

However, he did complain that the public had “to pay for the service”, which would prove expensive for a university student doing a degree, MA or Phd and needing access to several images for use in a thesis.

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