Tuesday, February 01, 2011

On a more positive note: Google Art Project

Enough about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.  Google, with all their money, could have probably bought the museums but instead they have put together what appears to be a wonderful way to go inside 17 of the world's greatest without leaving the comfort of your home.  I'll admit that it's a little maddening learning how to move around within the museums but the Goggle Art Project has great potential.  Here's what they say on their blog:
You’ll find a selection of super high-resolution images of famous works of art as well as more than a thousand other images, by more than 400 artists—all in one place. And with Street View technology, you can take a virtual tour inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Have you ever wanted to get really close to a painting to see the texture or try to understand the brush strokes only to have the docent shoo you away?  Here's your chance.  A close up of Van Gogh's Starry Night at the MOMA.  Wow.

Thanks Google!

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