Kress Collection Gets A Close Up

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C&G Partners has designed a rich new website for the Kress Foundation, an organization dedicated to “advancing the study, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century.” The new online resource brings over 3,000 works of art from the Kress collection into the public view in a single place, and allows extremely close up views of the entire set. Because the Collection is physically distributed to many different places, this digital experience is the only way to see it all at once.

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C&G Partners worked closely with the Kress Foundation to ensure that the site redesign serves those they support, including art historians, conservators, museum curators and educators, and librarians. Thus, professionals and enthusiasts alike can explore the full breadth of the collection in a highly visual manner and via different search offerings including visual gallery, interactive map, and comprehensive list layouts.

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A powerful digital viewer based on the IIIF API allows users to zoom to levels that expose brushstrokes, paint textures, and the evidence of time in extreme detail. Search filters have highly detailed capacity, enabling search by a long list of data fields. In addition to the Collection, the site also showcases the Foundations’ grant programs and hosts an interactive timeline of the history of the organization.

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C&G Partners is a multi-specialty creative studio, dedicated to design for culture — from cultural organizations to organizational culture. The firm is run as an open atelier by a group of partners, and comprises designers, writers, architects, programmers, producers, content developers, technologists and operations specialists.

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