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Line One, MSN Boost New UK Art Venture

A new UK Web site called artrepublic.com launched this holiday period and has won the backing of top ISPs Line One and MSN.

The brainchild of gallery owner Lawrence Alkin, artrepublic.com will be trying to gain the attention of art lovers of every description, from the "exhibition junkie" to those who know very little about art and cannot tell a Monet from a Picasso. Both Line One and MSN will be promoting the new site on the two portal home pages.

At the site, visitors will be able to purchase art-related gifts such as prints, posters, and books. It will also have a "What's on Worldwide" guide to art events, plus links to the world's major museums and galleries.

"Our site caters for all art fans from those people wanting to make a swift online purchase to those that are genuinely interested in art and want to learn more about specific painters or are planning visits to exhibitions around the world," said Lawrence Alkin.

Key features of the site are the collection of 150 biographies of famous artists and the guide to popular art movements from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Development of the site will include a substantial increase in the number of prints available for purchase and the addition of new services like the What's On Worldwide guide.

"There are plans for the site to offer more specialised and collectable prints to include music and film themes," said Alkin.