Google Gets into Art

Google touts “game changer” in online art viewing

reuters

Google’s Art Project website is seen on a laptop computer during its launch at the Tate Britain gallery in London February 1, 2011. Google aims to bring the world’s great art galleries into the home with a new website that offers virtual tours, the ability to build a private collection of masterpieces and ultra-high resolution images. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

On Tuesday February 1, 2011, 9:28 am EST

By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) – Google aims to bring the world’s great art galleries into the home with a new website that offers virtual tours using Street View technology, the ability to build private collections and ultra-high resolution images.

While most big galleries have been busy making their works accessible online for years, experts told a launch at London’s Tate Britain gallery on Tuesday that Google’s site was looking to take the online art experience to a new level.

“It could be the game changer,” said Julian Raby of the Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian in Washington DC, which is one of 17 galleries taking part in the project.

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One comment

  • If your a painter, checking out some of these paintings very close up is great. You can see the Artist’s brushwork very close up. If you don’t have the time to travel to visit these Museums this is the next best thing! check it out.

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