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Art Project

The world’s art at your fingertips

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Overview

The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, we have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online. This involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than thirty thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360 degree tours of individual galleries using Street View ‘indoor’ technology. The project has expanded dramatically since it first launched. More than 45,000 objects are now available to view in high resolution, an increase from 1,000 in the first version. Street View images now cover over 60 museums, with more on the way.

A wide range of institutions, large and small, traditional art museums as well as less traditional settings for great art are represented in the expanded Art Project. Take a look at the White House in Washington D.C., or the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, or explore the collection of São Paulo Street Art in Brazil or the Musée d’Orsay, Paris in France before diving into the incredible detail of the Japanese national treasure by Hideyori Kano. Continue the journey in India, exploring the Santiniketan Triptych in the halls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.

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Key features

More than 45,000 artworks are featured in high resolution. Some have been photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ photo capturing technology, enabling the viewer to study details of the brushwork and patina beyond that possible with the naked eye.

Browse the Art Project by the artist’s name, the artwork, the type of art, the museum, the country, the city and the collection. Select any of the more than 45,000 artworks - along with your favorite details - and build your own personalised gallery. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family. Or compare sketches and complete paintings side-by-side for a different view of the creative process.

“Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels”

Behind the Scenes

A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of the interior of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over 385 rooms within the museums. The gallery interiors can also be explored directly from within Street View in Google Maps.

Art Talks

Join us for a series of Hangouts On Air where we talk with cultural organizations from around the world and learn the hidden stories behind works of art, as well as what makes organizations tick from behind the scenes.

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