Five arty iPad apps

Published 16 January 2013

Britain's favourite tablet is the perfect gadget for art lovers. We've chosen our favourite apps, whether you want a virtual gallery in your living room or a window into Renaissance Florence.

Don't forget that you can find the best museums, galleries and exhibitions near you with our Art Guide app, available on iPhone and Android.

1. Pocket Art Gallery

Ever wanted a Turner in your living room? This app features a hundred works from British collections which you can virtually hang with your iPad's camera, so you can curate your own virtual gallery whether you're in your living room or at the beach.

2. Van Gogh's Dream

Thousands of hours went into creating this labour of love, a beautiful app which exploits the iPad to the full to bring users closer to the life and work of Van Gogh than ever before. Read his letters to his brother, view his paintings in stunning high definition, and learn about the stories and struggles of one of history's greatest artists.

3. Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945–2010
Free (with in-app purchases)

From JB Priestley to Laura Wade, this app draws on the V&A's Theatre & Performance collection to celebrate the remarkable history of post-war theatre. Script extracts from plays, first night reviews from the Guardian and Telegraph, and audio commentaries by actors from Simon Callow to Patrick Moore contribute to a rich experience.

4. Design Museum Collection

This slick app brings to life 59 of the Design Museum's greatest objects through film, audio, text and photographs. From classic lamps to vacuum cleaners, the app features video commentaries from the museum's director, and comments on each object from its founder Stephen Bayley.

5. Firenze – Virtual History

Interact with masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo and more on this virtual tour around the birthplace of the Renaissance. Delve into the heart of Florentine culture to discover the invention of perspective, explore the Palazzo Vecchio, and learn the secrets of one of art's greatest cities.

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