Google’s ‘Art Project’

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Google has partnered with several major international museums to present a new tool that allows users to explore galleries and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. The project is in its infancy but already 17 museums have agreed to participate and submit high resolution images.

Street View of 'The Ambassadors' at the National Gallery

Among the museums contributing are the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Gemäldegalerie (Berlin), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA (New York City), Tate Britain and the National Gallery (London), Rijksmuseum and the van Gogh Museum (Netherlands), the Museo Reina Sofia and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), the Uffizi (Florence) and the Hermitage (St. Petersburg). Viewers can virtually explore museums using Google’s Street View and closely explore and zoom into selected paintings. Google has added a ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature that allows users to save views of artworks and build personalized collections with comments that can then be shared with friends. You can discover more at the ‘Art Project‘ website.

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