Google releases its new Art Project web site

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In collaboration with some of the world’s most famous museums, Google recently launched its Art Project web site. Applying its Street-View technology within museums, the site allows visitors to virtually
explore galleries within seventeen major museums from around the world, such as MoMA, The Frick, Versailles, Uffizi, Tate, and Van Gogh. In addition, Artwork View enables incredable close-up zooming capablilities for selected paintings. Finally, additional educational information is provided for each of the selected works.

Another feature of the site allows users to create their own collections. The ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows users to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build their own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with others.

Current partners in the project include the following museums:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

For more information about the project, view this FAQ page. Access to the site has been added to the Library website’s Art Databases page.