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Visit a Virtual Art Museum with the Art Authority App for iPad

What you get with the Art Authority app is pictures of art from more than a thousand artists on your iPad. All told, there are pictures of more than 40,000 paintings and sculptures, making for 10GB worth of images optimized for your iPad.

Wait, what was that about "optimized for your iPad"? What that means is that each of the images looks great at full screen on your iPad, but that also means that while you can zoom in, the images become pixilated.

These works of art are divided into eight categories: Early, Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism, Modern, Contemporary, and American. You can tap a category to see its "room," as the app uses a museum metaphor for displaying the art. In that room, each category is then divided further into subcategories.

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For instance, Modern art is divided into ten categories, with an eleventh category for sculpture. Tap one of those subcategories, and you'll get a pop-up window offering you an overview tour or direct links to each artist in that category. With more than a thousand artists represented, each subcategory is broadly represented.

If you like an image, you can save it to your photo library or use it as wallpaper on your iPad.

You'll need an Internet connection to view all the images. When the app launches for the first time, it will tell you that it's downloading and installing images, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's downloading everything in the app. In fact, it's just the category images that are getting downloaded. Once you've viewed an image, however, you can then view it offline.

What you can do with it: view more than 40,000 images of paintings and sculptures from more than 1,000 artists, ranging from contemporary artists to ancient art from Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Japanese, and other ancient cultures.

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