Google Art Project
This world is getting smaller and smaller… Why am I making this assumption? Because I discovered Google Art Project.
It is a very informative website that lets you view and learn about some of the world’s greatest artworks without paying any money or queuing for hours for e.g. at La Louvre.
About: “Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.”
“Museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail.”
You can browse various art collections (there are 460 at the moment). Filter them by country or partners. Now you can visit for e.g. Modern Art Center in Vilnius (Lithuania) or National Palace of Sintra in Portugal. Everything’s possible these days!
You can search for your favourite artists – there definitely has to be one among the 10 thousand listed, search for artworks using quite a few filters – person, medium, media type (for e.g. photograph, video or audio file), historical event. And here comes the most exciting bit – you can create your own gallery: “pick a topic, and build your own personal collection of art, landmarks, and historic events using materials from institutions all around the world“.
WORLD WONDERS PROJECT
“World Wonders brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online using Street View, 3D modelling and other Google technologies. Explore historic sites including Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the Great Barrier Reef as if you were there. Learn about the history and background of each location with information provided through a partnership with UNESCO.”
Other featured topics that get a wide coverage on this website – 1st World War, Fall of the Iron Curtain, Street Art, Women in Culture, Made In Italy, Cultural Figures, Stories of the Holocaust.
By the way, if you see something you like, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or send a link to a friend in an old-fashioned e-mail.
In short – there’s never been an easier way to spend your day at the gallery and to share this experience with someone who loves art as much as you do. Anyway, I’m off to Museuo de Zaragoza…