Have you heard about Google’s “Art Project”? We hadn’t either, at least not until recently. Google has partnered with 151 “acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries” to bring art to the digital age and therefore to the masses. Works that are featured on the Google Art Project’s website are complete with information from experts and high resolution zooming capabilities that allow users to see “brushstroke level detail.”
Visitors to the website can look at artwork and almost feel like they are seeing it in person. But instead of just viewing the image, they also have access to a wealth of information about the artists, the works, and the museums where they are located. Users can take a virtual tour of the museum and even build their own “collections” online that can be shared or returned to later.
With over 40,000 works already catalogued into Google Art Project, the experience is truly revolutionary. None of us will ever be lucky enough to see every museum, every amazing piece of art, or even all of our favorites—and that’s just what Google Art Project supplements. The website features paintings, drawings, calligraphy, sculpture, architecture, photographs, manuscripts, artefacts, and much more.
More and more museums are jumping on board with Google to bring art to as many people as possible. The New York City Center for Jewish History just contributed about 600 new artworks to the project, a valuable historical addition to the collection. The works include paintings, portraits of Sigmund Freud, and paper works that made it through the Holocaust.
Reminiscent of the Museum of Modern Art’s Digital Art Lounge, Google Art Project provides audio tours, notes, videos, and more to visitors all for free—but for more museums than just MoMA. It’s not only a great tool for individuals interested in art, but also for teachers to use in educational settings. It’s hard to get kids excited about art when they can’t even see it up close—and Google Art Project does its best to make the experience so much more real.