Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Google Art Project provides Gigapixel Views of the World's Art

Google's Street View has been put to a new—and exciting—use: viewing the great art of the world's museums. Some of the famous works are available to peruse at extremely high resolution—some seven-thousand megapixels big! If you've ever visited a museum and examined a painting at close view to take in the individual brush strokes, then you'll love the Google Art Project. From the prese release:
Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including, 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 Museum. The results of this partnership, which can be explored at www.googleartproject.com involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than a thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360 degree tours of individual galleries using Street View 'indoor' technology.

Nothing can match the experience of actually visiting a museum and viewing art in person, but the Google Art Project comes pretty close.

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