Delighted to see the National making use of QR codes but saddened by the use case.
The National's QR code was real easy to use; seamlessly making link from the real to the virtual world and back again. I scanned the code using an app on my iPhone almost by return I was presented with a text message screen ready for me to text 'POUSSIN' to the short code 70880 so no need to type in the number. Making it no problem to donate £5 via my iPhone to the cause - raise £4M of the £14M required to ‘save’ Poussin’s Extreme Unction (Final Anointing) for the Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum and the nation as it was a 'national treasure'.
|Extreme Unction (Final Anointing) [1638 -1640]|
Yes, Posssin is important but the nation has enough of his works, in fact it is awash with Poussin’s paintings. Poussins can be found in Cambridge (they have one already so why be greedy?) Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool as well as in the collections of a number of Dukes.
So the nation is not short of a Poussin or two including several quintessential - 'national treasure' - Poussins for example A Bacchanalian Revel before a Term
|A Bacchanalian Revel before a Term [1623-28]|
- Linear frieze and triangular compostions
- Use of primary and complimentary colours
- History painting composition with its roots in the Renaissance work of Michelangelo and Raphael
- The painting’s narrative is revealed thru gesture, body movement, hand and eye co-ordination
- History or the Bible as the inspirational basis for each painting
So, to conclude great to see this use of 'new technology' making the link from the real to virtual world but let Extreme Unction go and use the money raised to help fund contemporary art we have enough Poussins!