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OMGigapixel!: Google Art Project launches and it’s beautiful!
In collaboration with seventeen of the world’s great museums, Google now takes its Street View indoors and allows to visit more than 400 rooms, examine the work of over 385 artists, and view and compare more than 1000 works of art.
Here’s an introduction from Google developer Amit Sood and Sir Nicholas Serota of the Tate:
So, the word amazing is probably the most overused word in the English language and I try to avoid it, but the Google Art Project is AMAZING.
We can now take deep peeks into the collections of the following institutions:
- Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
- Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
- Frick Collection, New York
- Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
- Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid,Spain
- Museum Kampa, Prague
- National Gallery, London
- Palace of Versailles, France
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
- State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
- Tate Britain, London
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
And there’s more. These seventeen museums each chose one masterpiece to be photographed in 7 billion pixels or gigapixel version.
- The Frick Collection St Francis in the Desert, Giovanni Bellini
- Gemäldegalerie The Merchant Georg Gisze, Hans Holbein the Younger
- Museum Kampa The Cathedral, František Kupka
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder
- MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh
- Museo Reina Sofia The Bottle of Anís del Mono, Juan Gris
- Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza Young Knight in a Landscape, Vittore Capaccio
- National Gallery The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger
- Palace of Versailles Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, Queen of France, and her children, Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
- Rijksmuseum Night Watch, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
- State Hermitage Museum Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
- State Tretyakov Gallery Apparition of Christ to the People (The Apparition of the Messiah), Aleksander Ivanov
- Tate Britain No Woman, No Cry, Chris Ofili
- Uffizi Gallery Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli
- Van Gogh Museum The Bedroom, Vincent van Gogh
- Dive into brushstroke-level detail: On top of the 1,000+ other images, each of the 17 museums selected one artwork to be photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or “gigapixel” photo-capturing technology. Each of these images contains around 7 billion pixels—that’s that’s around 1,000 times more detailed than your average digital camera—and a specially-built “microscope view” uses Picasa to deliver these images at amazingly high resolution. You can zoom in to see Van Gogh’s famous brushwork or watch how previously hard to-see elements of an artwork suddenly become clear—such as the tiny Latin couplet which appears in Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Merchant Georg Gisze.”
- Explore inside the museums: the Street View team designed a brand-new vehicle called the “trolley” to take 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries. These were then stitched together and mapped to their location, enabling smooth navigation of more than 385 rooms within the museums. We also created a new clickable annotation feature, so you can jump from being inside a museum one moment to viewing a particular artwork the next. Once inside an image, an info panel lets you read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos. Gallery interiors can also be explored directly from within Street View in Google Maps.
- Create your own collection: With the “Create an Artwork Collection” feature, you can save specific views of any of the artworks and build your own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends, family or on the web using the integrated goo.gl URL shortener.
You’re absolutely and immediately going to want to share these links with art teachers, art students, and art lovers:
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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