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 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.

    Photo credit: Google

  • Google Art Project 360-degree camera

    A specially designed Street View camera mounted on a trolley captured 360-degree views of the museum rooms. These images were stitched together to create a more-or-less seamless museum tour.

    The museum views can also be reached via Google Maps, which will link to the project.

    A Google spokeswoman told ZDNet UK that the company hopes to expand the project's reach in the future, although it does not have firm dates. "This is the first incarnation, and over the next few years we hope to add more works, more museums and more partners," she said.

    Photo credit: Google

Topic: After Hours

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