Google's Epic Art Project Walk through World’s Finest Art Galleries

[26/03/12] 

Google has taken its Street View concept and transferred it to some of the greatest galleries in the world. The Google Chrome extension, Art Project, lets you walk through the likes of the Met in New York, the Uffizi in Florence and the Tate Britain in London without leaving the comfort of your sofa. For art lovers it's an incredible collaboration. For private gallery owners trying to make end's meet - not so much.

Other notable institutions, meanwhile, include the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Palace of Versailles. Users can stop in front of paintings that catch their eye before zooming in to see the brush strokes in high-definition. Expanding the info panel lets you find out more about the paintings, the artists, their other work, related videos and the gallery in question. The possibilities are endless - they'd make Thomas Crown's head explode.

They've installed an interactive floor plan which means you can jump to different rooms with a click of a button and you can create your own collection of your favourite paintings. You can also save close-ups and notes (ideal if you're studying art) and share pictures with your friends and family using social networks. Above all, Art Project is an extraordinary free service - and it makes you wonder what else the technology can be used for. Interactive walk through bordellos for starters.

What a world.


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