In case you missed it, last week Google rolled out its new gem known as Google Art Project. Absolutely fascinating in a manner only Google could deliver. Google Art Project brings the worlds greatest fine arts and museums to you giving you immediate access to over 1000 works of art in 17 of the worlds renown museums across the globe. With the same brilliance of the Google Street View technology, you have the freedom to tour collections at the MoMA and Met in NewYork City, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Gallery in London – these are just to name a few museums now available to you with out the travel expenses or the ridiculous lineups for a brief viewing.
The project started when a group of Google whizkids who were passionate about the arts got together to think about how they might use Google technology to help museums make their art more accessible – not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their door steps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close and personal.
Most of the paintings are rendered in super high resolution (7 billion pixels!) allowing for a very detailed view of the brushwork.
Further more to put a cherry on top, you can log in with your Google account and start your own art collection.
The project launched last week with 385 rooms of museums on display. Excellent start.