Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 2:16 AM
South African rock paintings. Brazilian street graffiti. Australian aboriginal art. Islamic designs. Today we’re announcing a major expansion of the Google Art Project. With a few simple clicks of a finger, art lovers around the world will be able to discover not just paintings, but also sculpture, street art and photographs from in 151 museums in 40 countries, including South Africa.
If you want to go further afield, take a look at the White House in Washington D.C. Explore the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. Continue the journey in India, exploring the Santiniketan Triptych in the halls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. The expanded Art Project embraces all sizes of institutions, specializing in art or in other types of culture.
Here are a few other new things in the expanded Art Project that you might enjoy:
- Using completely new tools, called Explore and Discover, you can find artworks by period, artist or type of artwork, displaying works from different museums around the world.
- Google+ and Hangouts are integrated on the site, enabling you to create even more engaging personal galleries.
- Street View images are now displayed in finer quality. A specially designed Street View “trolley” took 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of more than 385 rooms within the museums. You can also explore the gallery interiors directly from within Street View in Google Maps.
- A selection of the artworks have been photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or “gigapixel” photo capturing technology, so you can study details of the brushwork and patina that would be impossible to see with the naked eye.
- An enhanced My Gallery feature lets you select any of the 30,000 artworks—along with your favorite details—to build your own personalised gallery. You can add comments to each painting and share the whole collection with friends and family. (It’s an ideal tool for students.)
Together with the fantastic input from our partners from around the world, we’re delighted to have created a convenient, fun way to interact with art—a platform that we hope appeals to students, aspiring artists and connoisseurs alike.
Posted by Amit Sood, Head of Google Art Project