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Google Art Project: Makes Art More Accessible

By on February 7, 2011

Now you are Just a few clicks away to see the beauty of world , with the latest idea to Google, the Art Project which offers 17 of the most important international art museums open to the web like never before.

Google has just launched a major project carried out using the same technology behind the operation of the service, Street View, which as noted, allows visiting virtually city streets and rural areas.

The new service is called Google Art Project and provides access using any web browser; Google Art Project lets the user to browse 385 rooms in 17 galleries by 486 artists. Currently you cannot visit all the rooms, however, since this moment – connecting with this page – you can see over 1,000 works with an exceptional level of detail. For the acquisition of the photographic archive, the engineers at Google have used a “gigapixel” that allows you to examine the details of each panel exposed.

Google Art Project includes 1061 images of works in high resolution. Google will soon add other paintings, sculptures, exhibits offer without spending a dime to web users. For Italy, there is an entire collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Among other museums, the main ones are certainly the Metropolitan Museum in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Amit Sood, project manager for Google Art, explained that the new wager is initiated by the idea of a small group of enthusiasts with the aim of leveraging the technological tools to make artwork more accessible by all. ” And not just then , “said Sood,” by those who are regular patrons of art galleries, or who are fortunate enough to live within walking distance from the famous museums . ”

Mr. Sood added that a special microscope to view “relies on the Picasa software to deliver images with high resolution. The museum rooms can be “explored” by resorting directly to Google Maps .

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