Google Art Project Posts
'Gigapixel' Versions of Famous Works
company that wants to make the world accessible can check another department off its list:
Google debuted the
Google Art Project on Tuesday, a collection compiled
of artwork from 17 different museums from around the
world. At the site, you can view over a thousand pieces
of artwork in exactly the same way that they appear on
Using the same Street View
technology that powers Google Maps, the program lets
viewers experience a virtual 360 degree tour of the
gallery of their choice and select the artwork they want
to explore. Some of the artwork will be featured in high
resolution; all of it will have a related history
attached and even YouTube videos where applicable.
Users are also able to
create their own gallery made up of their favorite
pieces from the collections. The “Create An Artwork
Collection,” feature also lets users comment on each
painting and share the collection with others.
participating include, Altes Nationalgalerie, The
Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, National Gallery
(London,) The Frick Collection, Gemäldegalerie, The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa, Museo Reina Sofia,
Museo Thyseen – Bornemisza, Museum Kampa, Palace of
Versailles, Rijksmuseum, The State Hermitage Museum,
State Tretyakov Gallery, Tate, Uffizi and Van Gogh
Missing from the list is
two of Paris’ most celebrated museums, the Louvre
and the Musee d’Orsay.
One piece of artwork
from each of the 17 museums was photographed
with gigapixel cameras, yielding images that
contain approximately 7 billion pixels. This
makes images so vivid that viewers will be able
to see the details of the brushwork, the texture
of the canvass underneath and even the patina.
“The Google Art
Project is a powerful example of how digital
technology can help art institutions work in partnership to reach
out globally, to new audiences and enable works
of art to be explored in depth and with stunning
clarity,” said Dr. Nicholas Penny, Directory of
the National Gallery, in a statement.
In total the Google
Art Project features 385 gallery rooms, 486
artists, and 1,061 high resolution artwork
images. Go see it here:
Art Project - Behind the Scenes
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