World's museums go online with Google Street View
Tuesday 01 February 2011
Art lovers will be able to stroll through some of the world's most acclaimed galleries at the click of a mouse, after Google launched a website Tuesday using Street View technology to put the museums online.
In a joint project with 17 leading galleries in nine countries, the Internet giant has taken equipment from the cars it used to map cities around the world and recorded the galleries so they can be enjoyed by anyone with web access.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York, London's National Gallery and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid are three of the galleries that art aficionados will be able to explore by logging on to www.googleartproject.com.
A sample of art works from each museum can be viewed online and each of the 17 galleries has photographed one super high-resolution image - each one contains around seven billion pixels.
This means visitors to the site can see details in pictures that were previously impossible to see with the naked eye, in works such as "The Merchant Georg Gisze" by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Other works to get the super high-resolution treatment include Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and "In the Conservatory" by Edouard Manet.
Over 1,000 more works have been photographed in high resolution for the project and 'hung' in the virtual galleries.
Nelson Mattos, vice president engineering at Google, said the project was another step towards democratisation of art.
"This really represents a new way and a major step forward in how a lot of people are going to interact with these beautiful treasures," he told a launch event at the Tate Britain gallery in London, one of the museums in the project.
"We hope it will inspire ever more people, wherever they live, to access and explore art," he added.
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 The Visit: Trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest horror film is terrifying
- 5 9/11: Iranian General accuses US of organising September 11 terror attacks
Fast & Furious 7 overtakes Frozen to become 5th highest grossing movie of all time
Poldark, series 1 finale, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
The Visit: Trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest horror film is terrifying
Apprentice series 11: Claude Littner to replace Nick Hewer as Lord Sugar's aide
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 3, review: Sansa and manhood-lopping torturer Ramsay Bolton - really?
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'