Google has just launched their new Google Art project today (link at the bottom of post) and it’s rather exciting! Now you can visit 17 famous art galleries around the world – without leaving your home! Using the same technology as Google Street Maps you can ‘walk’ round the rooms of the buildings and zoom into the paintings!
The images are high-resolution and you can really see details AND the brushstrokes! I’m very excited by this and have already had a peek in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and Tate Britain where I zoomed into Chris Ofili’s ‘No woman No Cry’ among many.
William Blake’s ‘Ghost of a Flea’ proved very interesting. Although I really like this idea, I do hope that this project will act as an aperitif and inspire people to actually visit these galleries;-
The National Gallery London
The Frick Collection New York City
Freer Gallery of Art. Smithsonian Washington DC
State Tretakov Gallery Moscow
Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin
The State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg
Palace of Versailles Versailles
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art New York City
Museo Reina Sofia Madrid
Mueo Thyssen Bornemisza Madrid
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Museum Kampa Prague
Uffizi Gallery Florence
Tate Britain London
In the far right of the screen there is a small plus sign near each painting – this will bring you really up close to the painting 🙂 Sometime this crashes, but don’t forget – the project is brand new and millions of people will be virtually stampeding through these galleries (just had a quick look at Edouard Manet’s In the Conservatory in the Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin myself, though I’m not too sure how I ended up there. I’m going to take my time visiting these galleries – which will take ages. These are treasure houses full of art and do need to be savoured.
Video by http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleArtProject with thanks!