Google Art Project launched; presents world’s greatest art museum online

By on Feb 1, 2011 in Arts, Internet, Lifestyle, Technology Comments

After eighteen months of hard work, Google launched on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 its own presentation of the world’s greatest museum online called Google Art Project, as shown in the video below.

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According to Google‘s official announcement as acquired by Engadget, is a unique collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed art museum to allow Internet users to view more than a thousand artworks.

Google has partnered with 17 art museums which include National Gallery (London), The State Hermitage Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Kampa, Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum, among others.

The online art collection unveiled a wide range of masterpiece back from the ancient times, with a total of 486 artists around the globe being featured, including Botticelli‘s ‘Birth of Venus’; ceilings of Versailles, and Chris Ofili‘s ‘No Woman, No Cry’.

Google Art Project also added features such as Street View, wherein viewers can explore the museums virtually using 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries.

This allows visitors to ‘tour’ more than 385 rooms inside the museum, along with an information panel for people to understand more about a particular artwork.

Another superb feature of Google Art Project is its offer to viewers to see hard-to-see details of an artwork, after one artwork of each museum was photographed, producing a super high resolution image with around 7 billion pixels.

Meanwhile, a ‘Create an Artwork Collection‘ feature was added to allows users particularly art students and enthusiasts to build their own art collection, by saving views of any of more than a thousand artworks, where comments can be added and be shared to anyone.

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