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feb 02, 2011

google art project

screenshot of a visit to new york city’s MoMA, as experienced through the ‘google art project’

released yesterday by google, ‘google art project‘ brings over a thousand artworks by hundreds of artists to the screens of anyone with an internet connection.

the new program, which permits artworks to be viewed at incredibly high levels of detail, adapts the company’s ‘street view’ technology to indoor environments, permitting the virtual touring of seventeen renowned art museums. visitors can also create, comment on, and share their own virtual art collections compiled from the project’s works.

‘google art project’ permits high-resolution zooming in on projects, to levels otherwise impossible in the museum setting here, full and 3/4 zoom views of chris ofili’s ‘no woman, no cry’ (london’s tate britain)

in ‘museum view’ rooms are navigable using the onscreen arrows, as in google street view, but virtual visitors can also jump to specific artworks from a list of the museum’s most renowned works, or explore specific parts of the museum by using a hyperlinked floor plan.

the ‘museum view’ sidebar also contains a brief history of the museum, links to its website, and a link to the museum’s location on google maps.

extremely high zoom onto vincent van gogh’s ‘the bedroom’ (amsterdam’s van gogh museum)

‘artwork view’ allows visitors to zoom into paintings at high resolution. viewing notes on the sidebar offer information about and context for the work, as well as interfaces to learn more about the artist or view his other works in google art project.

selected artworks have been treated with google’s ‘gigapixel photo capturing technology’, generating extremely high resolution images, allegedly composed of seven billion pixels.

the ‘google art project’ museum-view interface

with the  ‘create an artwork collection’ feature, google accountholders can save and share views of their favourite artworks, adding comments to specific zoom levels.

the amount of information included in the project is determined by the individual museums themselves, and thus for copyright and other reasons, not all galleries or artworks are necessarily viewable using the tool. looking forward, google expects the addition of further museums and their works to the collection.

google’s ‘visitor guide’ demo to the project

behind-the-scenes look at the documentation of the works

  • will people go more often into museums?

    herda says:
  • Maybe they’ll make an offline museum too.

    Frank says:
  • Google’s creative ability to think outside the box and come up with new ideas are just unrivaled.

    Taylor says:
  • the zoom is a cute gimmick

    wizard says:
  • Google’s mania of cataloging everything continues and
    the art community seem to support their work.

    Art Promo vs. Knowledge says:
  • @ herda
    It is for lazy people.

    Ben says:
  • Wonderful!!! Many people around the world are unable to visit museums, and now they are able to see/experience art from their computer. Bravo!

    elf says:
  • The educational possibilities are immense and far outweigh the objections of elitists who believe that museums are the sacred ‘home’ of art. Art is for all of us everywhere!

    JAH says:
  • Great! from the bottom of the world where one does not get the luxury of visiting world class galleries it is a treat and will only enhance my wish to visit in the flesh. Also as a painter the zoom function is awesome – very good to be able to see the qualities of the paint surface.

    Daisy says:
  • Google continues in their quest to dumb down just about everything.

    Jeb says:
  • it’s a wonderful project.

    marciapires says:
  • A most welcome initiative… for people who cannot visit all these museums, and even if you did, you cannot possibly observe all the details that the photographs in the project present…

    Ioana says:
  • It’s good and bad… how much information/media will Google and others have condensed onto the internet and made available digitally? :/

    Vito says:
  • As always google making the game to the politicians, and as always in favor of the most powerful. and as always being erected in POLITICAL SENSOR. Did the same thing make in China, “If it will affect me the pocket because you, well, fu.. the Chinese!!” I wanted to know reason they always have to tie the culture and the art in general with the politics? Why cubans can not access to the art project from Cuba? and when you click on the link it says that you are in a country that has FORBIDDEN to access to that page!! MF´s, The same thing always, Shame for them.

    It is amusing to read the press note:

    “With this original project, any user in any part of the world will be able to know the history and the artists that are behind a great number of works of art with only to make a clic with the mouse.”

    They are really already believed themself “The Big Brother” (from the book) MANIPULATORS!!


    thank you

    Jesús says:
  • Greetings from Finland from artist Jarmo Ylänen,

    Jarmo Ylänen says:

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