Google Art Project unlocks world galleries

Google Art Project unlocks world galleries

Summary: The web giant's ambitious project, created in conjunction with 17 major art galleries, has digitised thousands of artworks and brought Street View technology to museum collections

TOPICS: After Hours

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  • Google Art Project tabs

    Clicking on any one of the digitised pictures presents users with a range of options.

    In addition to basic information, such as the title, artist and year of creation, Google Art Project offers detailed viewing notes written by the museum, as well as artist information and links to similar works.

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  • Google Art Project high-resolution image

    One piece of artwork from each museum has been selected for what Google calls "super high-resolution" scans using 'gigapixel' technology. These images contain some seven billion pixels, which allows extreme close-ups.

    Pictured above is a close-up of the National Gallery's gigapixel painting — The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein.

    "Viewers will see details and explore the painting in a way that hasn't been possible before," said Nicholas Penny, director of The National Gallery, in Google's statement. "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."

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  • Google Art Project gigapixel image

    Pictured above is an extreme close-up of the gigapixel artwork from the Tate Britain, No Woman, No Cry (1998) by Chris Ofili.

    Google said that it gave the museums free rein to choose the artworks to be included in the Art Project. Other super high-resolution images in the collection include Van Gogh's The Starry Night in New York's Museum of Modern Art; Rembrandt's The Night Watch in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum; and Botticelli's The Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

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