Love art but hate museums? Ever waned to study Cezanne’s post impressionist works from the comfort of your couch? Well Google has come to your rescue by enabling you to view over a thousand pieces of art from around the world without ever leaving your home.
Google has today unveiled the Art Project, which has seen it spending the past 18 months visiting 17 art museums around the globe capturing some of the world’s most famous works of art by 486 artists. The results can now be seen online where viewers can tour museums as well as getting up close and personal with the artwork itself. Using Street View technology online viewers can virtually tour the museums without ever getting off the couch or having to put up the annoying person coughing over your shoulder while you try and soak up Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
One of the most impressive aspects of Art Project is 17 pieces of art, one from each museum, which have been specifically chosen to be captured in super high resolution. And Google is not messing when they say super high as the artworks were taken with ‘gigapixel’ photo capturing technology. This means that each of these images contain around 7 billion pixels, enabling the viewer to study details of the brushwork and patina beyond that possible with the naked eye.
Another feature is Create an Artwork Collection which allows users to save specific views of any of 1000+ artworks and build their own personalised collection. You can add comments and then share your virtual collection of art with family and friends – and at a whole lot less than collecting the real works of art. So to start browsing check out www.googleartproject.com.