The public can now view all angles of ancient sculptures housed at one of Italy's most visited museums without going there. A new website, created through a partnership between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, features more than 300 three-dimensional images of objects from the museum's collection.
IU President Michael McRobbie and Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt signed an agreement in May of 2016 for the images to be posted online and freely accessed by the public in time for IU’s bicentennial in 2020. IU informatics professor Bernard Frischer has been leading a team of 10 people in creating three-dimensional images of all the museum's 1,250 Greek and Roman sculptures. Four of the team members are IU informatics doctoral students; three are doctoral students in archaeology at the University of Florence; and three are from Politecnico di Milano, an engineering school in Milan, Italy.