digitalSSM, a tool created by the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, provides “open access” to the museum's collections and archives for academics, researchers, and students from all over the world.
A pioneering project in Turkey, digitalSSM has digitalized the entirety of the museum's collections and archives, including the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection, the Painting Collection, the Abidin Dino Archive, and the Emirgan Archive; with over 77,000 high-resolution images. In addition to the dates, dimensions, materials, and technical information of each work, digitalSSM also contains the results of academic research conducted on these collections. Moreover, with its 200% zoom feature, the software allows researchers to examine artwork details such as brush strokes, paint layers, and craquelure, usually invisible to the naked eye.
Accessed by 200,000 users so far, digitalSSM is a resource for academics, researchers, museum professionals, collectors, art history students, and anyone interested in Turkish and Islamic arts. It is also a significant digital art archive for future academic studies and aims to contribute to the recognition of Turkey's cultural heritage.
The collection and archives of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum are available at digitalSSM.