Google unveiled a new project - a unique collaboration with some of the world's most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Basically, what Google did was drove the camera mounted Street View cars up the steps and into the museums.
The Google Art Project uses the Street View technology to create virtual tours inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Works of art included in the project range from Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' to Chris Ofili's 'No Woman, No Cry', Cezanne's post impressionist works to Byzantine iconography. From the ceilings of Versailles to ancient Egyptian temples, a collection of Whistlers to Rembrandts all over the globe. In total, 486 artists from around the world have been included.
You can explorer the museums in 360-degree by taking a virtual walk around. You can stop to inspect the artwork and zoom into it to take a closer look. Some of these artworks are available in ultra high resolution – some 7 billion pixels for each image. The info panel allows people to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
A fascinating resource for art-lovers.
[via Official Google Blog]