View art in 3D, on your laptop

Ever been at a museum, and really wished you could get a better look at a piece, either by walking around it’s backside (which is up against a wall) or by opening up a drawer or by just holding it and examining it in your hands?

Now technology is making it possible for museums to let you do just that – virtually.

The Getty Museum has a new feature on its website which allows the curious to explore the many facets of one of its most intricate pieces – a four-sided collector’s cabinet from Augsberg, Germany.

Collectors’ cabinets were basically the forerunners of today’s museums, holding precious items in their many different compartments, and the cabinets themselves were often works of art in their own right.

So what work of art do you wish you could get your hands on?

[h/t Open Culture]

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