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You can now explore some of the world’s most precious works of art to a depth that even their creators may not have known. Search engine giant Google has unveiled their unparalleled Art Project, an interface much like Street View that allows you to explore 17 of humanity’s best art museums. There are more than 1000 priceless works of art by 400+ artists in collections at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in NYC, The Tate Britain in London, and many other famous galleries. Each of these extensive gatherings of art is now easily explorable through your computer at no cost. Not only that, but you can explore many of these artworks by zooming in to see individual brush strokes. That’s something only visitors to these museums typically enjoy, and it gets better. At least one painting at each museum has been scanned to absurdly high resolution: 7 to 14 billion pixels. Most people can spend their entire lives visiting museums and never see a painting at such levels of detail. Add in the accompanying search features, video discussions, and detailed accounts of each piece and you can see how the virtual experience may be an improvement upon the physical one. Watch the introduction to the project in the video below, followed by a brief behind the scenes look at its creation. Free, detailed, easily accessible – Google’s Art Project is a beautiful example of the democratizing and enlightening power of technology.
I usually don’t show videos at the maximum size, but I want you to see the wonderful clarity of the paintings included in Google Art Project. Some of these images are simply stunning.
Why is it always google doing this stuff?