Google Art Project- The Hermitagea still from Google Art Project – Behind the Scenes

The Google Art Project was launched at the end of last week.  It works on the same principle at Streetview – except you’re walking the galleries of different museums rather than the streets of specific places.

The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, the world’s great works of art and museums are now within reach to an unprecedented global audience.

It’s rather disorientating when it starts up as it comes in as a close-up on a work of art.

The Guardian get the kudos for making the most of this and have kicked off with a Google Art Project: Guess the artwork – quiz.

This is the Google Art Project Visitor Guide video which was loaded onto YouTube last Friday.


Here’s some links to get you started:

What is the ‘Art Project’?

A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Explore museums with Street View technology: virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.

If you’d like to read what the papers have to say about it here are links to various articles

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