Google Art Project

Google’s new product, Google Art Project, uses it street view technology to allow users to “walk” around museums across the world. 

Museum included in the project are:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

In addition to navigating the museums, users have access to high resolution images of over 1,000 selected paintings from these museums. With the ability to zoom to such an incredible degree, art lovers are able to examine the brushstrokes of each of the 486 artists represented. Below is an example of the detail one can achieve through the Google Art Project (can you guess the painting?):

Starry Night, Van Gogh

The images can’t be downloaded, but if you have a Google account you can “create an artwork collection.” With the collections, users can save and collect views of your favorite artworks, add comments at different zoom levels, and share with other Google users.

For more information on this project, follow the links below:

ABC News

Wall Street Journal

CNN

According to an article from Techradar, Google plans on expanding the project, but the timeline is uncertain.

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