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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."
Photo credit: Google