The Easel

Sylvain Bellenger on the online future of museums

An American running one of Italy’s largest museums expects the crisis will change museum attitudes to their online presence. The virtual is its “own dimension … not a substitute for reality’, partly because “our way of seeing changes with technology”. Digital photography, for example, reveals tiny details that signal “the intentions and desires of the painter. The worst mistake would be to think we can go back to normal.”