Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Google Art Project? Fantastic Resource !

"Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces."

Yesterday night, I discovered from @Google on Twitter, the fantastic Art Project ! Oh! I have been exploring some of the famous painting for hours. A wonderful art tour! I couldn't believe it! 

What is Art ProjectGoogle Art Project is a virtual project in collaboration with some world's most acclaimed Art Museums. 

Seventeen world's masterpieces can now be observed to the last detail. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, the world's great works of art and museums are now within reach to an unprecedented global audience.

Museums like the the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Tate Britain and the National Gallery in London, and the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), among many others. Amazing!

The new art project is housed at an interactive website, Once inside the site, viewers can travel through a museum’s interior through the same technology used to navigate city streets on Google Maps and Google Earth. People can move from room to room within the virtual space; over 1000 artworks painted by 400 artists can be seen.

Watch Van Gogh, The Starry Night video below:

How do you get started on the website?

Select a museum from the homepage and then either chose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artworks’. Once you are in the main site, use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums.

You have the option to create  and share your own artwork collection online. You must click on Create a collection


Such a wonderful tool art for educators and students! If you are Arts educator you have the best motivation for your students. Visit Education page
  • Teachers will choose a masterpiece or will create a gallery to prepare some lessons.
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful masterpieces.
  • Students and educators have the option to create and share their own artwork collection while visiting each museum. They must be signed into a school Google account or their own Google account that they can use in the classroom.
Target: Arts students: Secondary education; Vocational education; Higher Education; )

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, is proud to be part of the second phase of the Google Art Project. 

In December 2011, a team of the Google Art Project came to Brussels to digitize the masterpiece of Bruegel the Elder "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" (1562).

"The museum project is one of a number of digital explorations taking place in museums today as these venerable institutions struggle to adapt to the changing digital world."

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