Probably the biggest challenge to designing an effective art CD-ROM is providing a large amount of data, but in an easily navigable interface. Joan Miró: The colour of dreams not only meets this challenge, but provides a highly interactive, breathtakingly beautiful, experience.
As listed in the highly informative instruction manual, the CD-ROM contains the following material on Miró:
Another effective interface to the material is the Chronology section. A listing of years on the left side links to descriptions, photographs, and artwork thumbnails on the right. The thumbnails can be clicked on to bring up larger images of the works, along with explanatory text. One of my few complaints is that the images cannot be zoomed enough to show good detail. For Miró's work, with his highly textured paintings, this would be a nice feature.
The games are quite entertaining as well as informative. "Instructions" for the games are lacking, so you are encouraged to experiment in a highly interactive way in order to figure them out. They are almost more like puzzles. The educational aspect of the games leads one to a fuller appreciation of Miró's art, how it was created, and what it meant to express.
Indeed, this is the best thing about the CD-ROM: you can tell it was produced by a group of people with great respect and love for Miró's art. I highly recommend this CD-ROM not only for Miró fans, but for anyone who enjoys Modern Art.
See also: Miró images in The Artchive.