Indecent Images

100 pre-Raphaelite and Victorian-era images on two CD-ROMs, reproduced from the original paintings.

The artists of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood — and other Victorian-era painters working in similar styles – created some of the most sensuous and evocative images. While most of us have seen these pictures in reproduction or as coarse JPEG files on the web, they can only be truly appreciated by those fortunate enough to view the original canvasses. Sadly, scattered throughout galleries and private collections around the world, these pictures are generally only accessible to someone with a lot of time to kill and a private jet.

The Indecent Images CD-ROMs are almost as good as being there. We've licensed photographs of one hundred truly breathtaking paintings from Christie's Images of London, one of the world's leading image libraries. These pictures have been professionally photographed onto four by five inch transparencies and laser-scanned as Photo-CD files. Vastly superior to the reproduction in books and art prints, these pictures are as close to the originals as technology can manage. Each CD-ROM includes fifty paintings.

The Indecent Images CD-ROMs include a complete multi-resolution Photo-CD image pack for each of the paintings, as well as high and low resolution PNG and JPEG copies of each picture. All the graphics have thumbnails, suitable for browsing with Graphic Workshop. The CD-ROM also includes an HTML document with some commentary and background for selected pictures.

$4.99 PER CD

NOTE: These CD-ROMs were originally mastered back in the late twentieth century. By an odd quirk of technology, the laser scanning system that was used to create them no longer exists, and the paintings they include probably wouldn't enjoy quite as sophisticated a level of reproduction were the CDs authored today. The slightly historic nature of these discs, however, means that they include several fairly dated bits of software and HTML content. None of these ancillary elements are required to access the paintings — you'll probably want to ignore them.