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4 stars from Computer Life
4 ½ stars from Multimedia World
The National Gallery, London
Produced in association with The National Gallery, London, "Great Artists" focuses on 40 major works supplemented by more than 1000 images and a vast database, including 20 minutes of video of information on art and artists. Visual menus allow the user to navigate through a wealth of information accessed by artist, painting, time and geography. A Workshop facility provided a way to explore and compare paintings by using electronic techniques to crop images, change colors and add perspective lines, and "Zoom" allows the user to view paintings in detail, revealing textural effects such as brush strokes and gain insight into the artists' techniques.
IBM MPC or equivalent; 16MHz 80386SX (486 recommended); 4MB RAM; 4MB free hard disk space; DOS 3.1 or later; Microsoft Windows 3.1; MPC-compatible CD-ROM drive; SVGA display, audio board and mouse; Microsoft CD-ROM Extensions 2.2 or later.
Computer Life, October 1995
"This is a meat-and-potatoes kind of offering that fills you up and carries you a long way, but you'll have to figure out the utensils before you can eat. Great Artists offers more than 1,000 full-color images, with each of the collection's 40 main artists and one of their paintings explored in depth. Choose Judith Leyster (1609-1660), for example, and you get her biography, an introduction to her art, and a portrait of the artist at work. Leyster's life story is fleshed out with information on her private life and even her financial troubles.
"...Most notable, the Workshop lets you compare and contrast works, change colors, alter light and shade, or view videos on several topics, such as painting restoration."
Multimedia World, July 1995
"Beethoven once asked, 'Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?' Were he still alive, I'd point him toward Great Artists, a CD that masterfully deepened my appreciation for art in general and painters in particular.
"...From Botticelli to Ingres, Leonardo to Uccello, the disc provides convenient tools for considering the myriad politics, romances, religions, illnesses, and other themes that affected the souls of these creators and the canvases of their remarkable paintings."
Computer Shopper, October 1995
"One such title is Attica Cybernetics' Great Artists. Produced in conjuction with London's famed National Gallery, this disc analyzes 40 major works from artists as diverse as Botticelli, Cézanne, and Gainsborough.
"Great Artists uses the PC's multimedia capabilities well, boasting more than 1,000 images, 20 minutes of video, 100 sound clips, and a half-million words of text. Scholarly voice-overs provide informed commentary while hypertext links cross-reference the basic text to a huge body of back-ground material. Movie clips discuss topics such as Rembrandt's glazing techniques, and in spite of the mediocre video quality, the content is excellent."
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