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Website displays Liverpool art

  • Date: 23 February 2012
  • Area: North
Man looking at Monet painting

Paintings by artists including Monet have been made available online at the Your Paintings website. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Thousands of paintings on display at Liverpool's art galleries are now available to view online at the Your Paintings website.

The move is part of a project by the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC which aims to create an online database of every oil painting in the national collection.

All 3,000 oil paintings in National Museums Liverpool have now been added to the Your Paintings website, including works by Old Masters Gainsborough, Martini, Rembrandt and Rubens. Later works from Cezanne, Degas, Freud, Monet and Spencer will also available to view on the site.

The project, entitled Your Paintings, invites members of the public to 'tag' the artworks at http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk to help the BBC and PCF identify what can be seen in each piece.

The National Museums Liverpool paintings are drawn from seven museums in the city, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool.

PCF director Andrew Ellis said:

'No country has ever embarked on such a monumental project to showcase its entire painting collection online. Working with collections and individuals all over the UK, this project will reveal to the world the UK's extraordinary holding of oil paintings.'

National Museums Liverpool's head of fine art Ann Bukantas said:

'This project means thousands of works can be enjoyed by people all around the globe. We expect that many people will be inspired by these works and will be encouraged to experience the wonder of fantastic art in person through visiting our galleries and museums.'

Visit Your Paintings at www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings