Art Authority for iPad is a hugely impressive virtual art museum for the iPad. I reviewed it last year and said it was a true flagship app for the iPad. It very much still is, and this weekend it’s on sale for half price – $4.99.
Here’s a list of some of its excellent features:
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– Early, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American rooms
– Dozens of artists per room, listed by movement or nationality
– Period overviews, timelines and histories
– A searchable index of all 1000+ artists, as well as for each room
– Searchable indexes of major titles, subjects and locations
– Art Near Me: search for art based on your location
– Continuous shuffle through all art or by period
– Captions with work title, date, location and other details
– Hyperlinks provide access to in-depth information on artists, major works and locations
– Full-screen slideshow display, with user-settable transitions, Ken Burns motion effect, music
– Gallery-like, scrolling thumbnail view shows how works have evolved over time, aids in comparisons and exploration
– Offline access to works previously viewed
– Save works to Favorites or the Photos app; use them in the digital picture frame and home screen wallpaper
And here’s an App Store link for Art Authority for iPad; it’s priced at $4.99 just for this weekend.
Art Authority for iPad – the wonderful virtual art museum app – is on sale at half price this weekend, so it is just $4.99 instead of its normal $9.99. If you haven’t yet had a chance to look at Art Authority for iPad, here’s a little slice of its App Store description:
Art Authority for iPad transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum filled with works by over 1,000 of the western world’s greatest artists, from ancient times to today. Over 50,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms, each room a gateway to a whole museum’s worth of art. Choose an artist by movement or name, and become instantly immersed in an exhibition devoted just to that artist. Search for and compare different artists’ works by title, subject or location, or just wander at random and get lost in the art.
I included Art Authority for iPad in my list of Best iPad Apps of 2010, and reviewed it in May of last year, and had this to say about it in my sum-up:
This is a true flagship app for the iPad. One that should provide many hours of rich enjoyment, as well as a wow factor for any of your friends who want to see examples of outstanding iPad apps. If you have kids who have any interest in art, it is a superb educational tool as well.
Just a wonderful app all the way around.
Here’s an App Store link for Art Authority for iPad; grab it at it’s half-off sale price this weekend if you can.
Art Authority for iPad is a superb virtual art museum app for the iPad, filled with tens of thousands of the world’s greatest works of art. It’s a wonderful app and one of my iPad favorites for sure – check out my review here for lots more detail about it: http://ipadinsight.com/ipad-app-reviews/review-art-authority-for-ipad-an-incredible-virtual-art-museum/.
The app has just recently been updated, to Version 4.0. The two big additions with this update are advanced search capabilities and extensive use of hyperlinks to help discover more great works more easily. Here’s more details on these and other notable new features in Art Authority for iPad 4.0:
Art Authority 4.0 adds two major new features: advanced searching and extensive hyperlinking. The new features, combined with enhanced "shuffle" options, let users wander further and get more lost in the app’s magical art museum, while at the same time getting more easily found again through an advanced academic reference library.
Users can now search for and view works by either full or partial title, subject matter, or physical location. Or they can choose from a list of popular pieces, or just random "shuffled" works. Hyperlinked captions then enable exploration of related works. Users can start, for instance, by looking at portraits, then at the Mona Lisa in particular, then at over 1000 other works from the Louvre, then at works from around the world by particular Louvre artists like Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
The iPad is going to be a big hit in the education arena – deservedly so in my view, not just for the magical device itself – but because of the wealth of great educational apps that are springing up for it.
Today’s news that Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania has chosen to make the Art Authority for iPad app an integral part of their Art History classes is a great example of this. I reviewed Art Authority back in May and called it a ‘flagship app for the iPad’. It’s honestly one of the most impressive apps I’ve ever seen on any platform, and I’m delighted to hear this news about it today.
Art Authority for iPad brings the world’s greatest artists to the iPad, offering not just an incredible virtual art museum, but also just the sort of intimate and personal experience that embodies what the iPad is all about.
I’d heard a few very good things about Art Authority around the time the iPad first came out, so my expectations were high for this app. Happily, the app has exceeded all my high expectations …