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Wednesday, 9 October, 2002, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Turner Online: Your views
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There is a virtual reconstruction of Turner's Gallery
The Tate Britain holds the world's most extensive collection of Turner paintings and in recent years has developed a gallery specifically for the artist's work.

Now it has created Turner online, a website with features such as an interactive tour of the gallery and introduction to the artist's life and times.

"On the one hand, it provides great depth, with a searchable database of all the Turners at the Tate. But many of the pictures are small, and in some cases they are too small to see either the detail or colour properly," wrote BBC News Online's Steve Schifferes.

But what do you think?

Is this a positive step for the art world? Should galleries be concerned about image downloading?

Have your say

Unfortunately Steve Schifferes is right. Details in Turners work seem just suggested by effective rough painting, but when you look closer, they often turn out to be very precisely painted. Looking at the real paintings, you are never sure how much distance you should keep to them and this is part of there fascinating quality. But with these bad quality pictures there is no choice. You are always too far from them.
Pieter Voogt, Netherlands

Wonderful! I am really excited to have the opportunity to visually enjoy Turner's works.
Gayle Johnson, Canada

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