The Evolution of Viewing Art: Google Art Project

Juxtapoz // Monday, 07 Feb 2011

You can roam from the Tate Britain in London, to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and end up in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in a span of 5 minutes. Normally the cost of criss-crossing the globe to view some of the world's priceless art would set you back a handsome sum, but that has all changed thanks to the Google Art Project.

The simplest way to explain Google's newest endeavor is Street View inside 17 of museums around the world. Google has photographed some of the world's most iconic artworks, everything from Van Gogh's Starry Night to Paul Cezzane's Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses). In addition to being able to take a Street View like tour of of all 17 museums, each museum was able to select a featured artworks that were photographed at 7 Billion Pixels and we if know anything about Google its like they like their numbers in the billions, thats enough pixels to see brush strokes.

While this might not replace to your trip to London to see the Tate Britain it can certainly extend learning in Art History 101.

A game-changer.