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In addition to Eternal Egypt, IBM's Corporate Community Relations unit has provided innovative technology grants for two other outstanding museum projects.
An IBM initiative to demonstrate how technology can bring unique works of art to people around the world led to the creation of an award-winning web site for the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, where some of the world's most magnificent art treasures are exhibited. Launched with a U.S. $2 million technology grant, this partnership between IBM and the Hermitage illustrates the compelling power of leading edge technology in bringing artistic legacies of the past to life.
With another technology grant from IBM Corporate Community Relations, researchers from the IBM Thomas J.Watson Research Center, in collaboration with Jack Wasserman, Professor Emeritus at Temple University, have created a near-perfect digital replication of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta and pioneered what is perhaps the most comprehensive research project ever conducted on a single work of art. In the process, IBM developed new 3-D imaging technology, which can now be applied to the problem of digitizing very large priceless artistic masterpieces or works of architecture.
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