Digital Initiatives 49 explores virtual reconstructions of architectural spaces. As examined in the reviews below, The Life of the Buddha website presents not only an extensive trove of Buddhist texts but the murals that visualize them. In contrast, the exhibition Age Old Cities preserves, through digital means, greatly altered or endangered sites in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Both projects illuminate these extraordinary monuments in innovative ways, encouraging the viewer to delve deeply into rich histories that otherwise have been obscured or destroyed.

Digital Initiatives is a column that explores digital tools, research resources, publications, and learning opportunities in art history and related fields, with a special focus on topics relevant to Ars Orientalis readers. Each volume presents a series of reviews or discussions around an interconnected set of digital resources or projects, written by scholars or other practitioners. If you would like to propose a topic for a future edition of Digital Initiatives, please e-mail Nancy Micklewright at micklewrightn@si.edu.

Image credit: Aleppo projection, Age Old Cities, Institut du monde arabe, Paris © Alice Sidoli/IMA

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