Google and 17 of the world’s great museums announced a new initiative called The Art Project. This project takes Google’s Street View technology and brings it within the walls of the world’s paramount art museums.
The Art Project lets you take a virtual stroll through the rooms and halls of museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Uffizi in Florence. Although many museums have offered virtual tours and enlargements on their websites for some time now, Google has made the experience more seamless and elegant than ever before.
Now, not only can you virtually magnify van Gogh’s Starry Night, you can zoom in, and in, and in until you see each track of hair in the painter’s brush strokes and the tiny cracks in the aged paint.
Visiting a museum in the flesh and standing inches away from great works of art is irreplaceable, but The Art Project offers a useful and engaging tool that is sure to be utilized by art lovers and art professors the world over.