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Wayne State library offers new online art resource

February 19, 2013

Wayne State University and the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art announced the launch of a new online resource, "The Story of the Beautiful: Freer, Whistler, and Their Points of Contact," a comprehensive guide to James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room and its dynamic history ( The Peacock Room, an elaborately painted former dining room and one of the most famous masterpieces in the Freer's collection, will celebrate its 90th anniversary of being on public view in 2013. Project coordinators from the Freer's American Art department and the Wayne State Library's Digital Publishing and Discovery Services units intend to offer the site as a major resource for scholars, teachers and students, as well as a deeper experience for museum-goers.