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What is the ‘Art Project’? The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and over 250 acclaimed art partners from more than 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share. With a team of Googlers working across many product areas we are able to harness the best of Google to power the Art Project experience. Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in but now many more can enjoy over 40 000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings all in one place. We’re also lucky at Google to have the technology to make this kind of project a reality. The Art Project is one of many initiatives of the Google Cultural Institute. With a team of dedicated Googlers across the world, we are building tools to preserve and promote culture online. What’s new in this release of Art Project?

  • This release features the works of famous photographer Mario Testino. Known for his work in the fashion industry, we are displaying a different aspect of his work by featuring 'Alta Moda' a body of photographs focused on Andean people in traditional and festive dress. This exhibit is currently on display in Testino's MATE association, in his native country Peru.
  • The Art Project has expanded its number of Gigapixel images - very high-resolution works which enable you to zoom in at brushstroke level - with an extra 16 artworks featured on the site. These range from famous works such as Munch's 'The Scream' to 'Whitewashing the Old House' by L.A. Ring, the latter being chosen by public vote.
  • The number of museums inviting Street View inside their galleries continues to expand with an additional 20 now available to explore. Fondation Beyeler Museum in Switzerland is one of many new partners to open their doors to allow anyone in the world to virtually walk their galleries, most specifically the Mark Rothko paintings that previously been unseen on the Art Project. We also have our first Monastery with St John the Theologian from the Greek Island of Patmos.
  • This release of the Art Project also features more then 1,500 new high resolution artworks including masterpeices such as Monet's Waterlillies, Rembrant's Portrait of a Man in a Broad-Brimmed Hat and Johannes Vermeer's The Geographer
What type of content does the Art Project bring together? In addition to the incredible artwork from collections around the world, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts, there is a wealth of additional material. Expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, maps and so on provide an invaluable range of content for visitors to enjoy. Why is there a difference between the museums in terms of the number of galleries, artworks and related information? Google approached the museum partners without any curatorial direction, and each museum was able to choose the number of galleries, artwork and information they wanted to include, based on reasons specific to them. All content in the details panel pertaining to individual artworks was also provided by the museums. Why are some areas or specific paintings in the museum Street View imagery blurred? Some of the paintings and features captured with Street View were required to be blurred by the museums for reasons pertaining to copyrights. Why do some museums have Street View and gigapixel images while other museums only have high resolution images? There are lots of factors that go into deciding which technologies could be used for particular artwork and partners. We would like to present as much artwork as possible with all our available technologies. We will explore expanding the use of all our technologies to include more artwork and partners in the future as the Art Project continues to grow. Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected? The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google’s Terms of Service. The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site. Can I use the Art Project's content for my class, school work? Yes, and we encourage you to do so! Some teachers have already been using the Art Project in their classrooms in our first version and there is now an Education section (link) where you can explore fun ways to use the Art Project. However, you cannot print the Art Project’s artwork images, except for the educational material provided. What does the Education section consist of? A dedicated Education section has been created to provide simple tools to learn about the artwork featured on the Art Project. Dive into the Look like an Expert sections and test your visual acumen or get creative with the DIY projects. Want to learn more? “What’s Next” will point you to some of best art and art history tools on the web. Get started–but don't keep all the fun to yourself. Make your own quizzes, and share your User Galleries and your DIY creations on social networks. How can I get my museum/institution/private collection added to the project? We are looking forward to having more collections and partners. Here is a Sign Up form that you can use. What is the Google Cultural Institute? The Art Project is one of many initiatives of the Google Cultural Institute. With a team of dedicated Googlers across the world, we are building tools to preserve and promote culture online. We have worked with organisations from across the globe on a variety of projects; digitising the archives of Nelson Mandela, showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Yad Vashem Holocaust commemoration project.
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