Six apps for art-lovers

Published 28 May 2012

To celebrate the release of our Art Guide app for iPhone and Android we've chosen our favourite apps brought to you by museums and galleries...

Browse the world's oldest Bible, learn about Modern art or take a journey through the Egyptian underworld with these delightful downloads…

Love Art: National Gallery, London
Available for iPad and iPhone (£1.99)

The first app released by a major gallery, Love Art takes you on a tour through 250 of the National Gallery's paintings. Three hours of audio and video content, including interviews with Director Nicholas Penny and artist Maggie Hambling, help bring some of Britain's best-loved masterpieces to life.

Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms
Available for iPad and iPhone (£1.99)

Whether you're clueless over PoMo or you can't tell a Picasso from a Pollock, Tate's digital dictionary of Modern art terminology is an invaluable guide. Artists, movements, techniques and trends are illustrated with high-resolution images of over 40 works of art from the Tate collection.

National Portrait Gallery
Available for iPad and iPhone (£1.49)

Featuring highlights of the collection, maps of the gallery and video commentaries, the National Portrait Gallery app is brilliant whether you're on a visit or just browsing from home. Paintings are grouped by theme, so whether you're into writers, monarchs or celebrities, it's easy to find art to your taste.

British Library: Treasures
Available for iPhone and Android (£2.49) and in HD for iPad (£3.99)

Explore more than 100 highlights of the British Library's collection on this stunning multimedia app, now updated with HD photographs for the latest iPad. Examine sketches by Leonardo, flick through the world's oldest Bible, or browse through the original manuscripts of Alice in Wonderland.

Book of the Dead (British Museum)
Available for iPad and iPhone (free)

The British Museum's first app marks their fascinating 2010 exhibition, Journey through the Afterlife. Follow Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of embalming through the netherworld on a quest to unlock Hunefer's Book of the Dead, but beware – get his questions wrong, and you'll be eaten by the Great Devourer.

The V&A Calendar
Available for iPad (free)

This slick free app guides users through upcoming events at the world's greatest museum of art and design. Displays and exhibitions pop off the screen thanks to sharp design, while the museum's exhaustive calendar of talks, tours and special events is kept current through monthly updates.

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