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Google Art Project - Get Up-close & Personal

posted Sep 17, 2012, 8:42 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Sep 17, 2012, 8:52 AM ]
Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. On April 3, 2012, Google announced a major expansion to the Art Project as it signed partnership agreements with 151 museums from 40 countries. The platform now features more than 32,000 artworks from 46 museums, and the image acquisition process is underway at the remaining partner museums.

The platform enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection. The "walk-through" feature of the project uses Google's Street View technology. The images of many of the artworks were reproduced with very high quality, and each partner museum selected one artwork to be captured as a gigapixel image (with over 1 billion pixels).

Read more about it on Wikipedia or via the FAQs at Google Art Project

Processional Way, Babylon (604 BCE - 562 BCE)
Fired clay bricks with polychrome glaze, moulded relief in parts

Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Vorderasiatisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Olaf M. Teßmer

Screenshots of Google Art Project