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I could never be accused of being a connoseur of art but Google's new site called the Art Project certainly caught my interest. The Art Project puts Google's Street View technology to good use in capturing more than 1,000 works of art from more than 400 artists - featured in 17 of the top museums in the world. The tools that allow you to explore the art and the museums in great detail are what makes the site pretty amazing.
Here, is an example of the zoom tool. Jan van Huysum's (1701-1749) "Still Life with Flowers and Fruit" can be found at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. If you zoom in as soon as the page loads, you'll be in for this surprise - an infested painting. The fly, the ant, and even the cherub/baby may not be noticable at the distance you see a painting from a gallery but the Google zoom tool shows the amazing detail. Did they pose or maybe just flew in while the painting was being photographed? More on the zoom later.
At the Palace of Versailles, you can see the Sun King, Louis XIV, having a bad wig day along with a five o'clock shadow. This wax on textile bust by Antoine Benoist is from about 1705 when the king was 67. It even shows scars from small pox.
On the bottom right corner is the full painting along with a zoom tool.