[LINK] Google Art Project
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Feb 2 20:05:34 AEDT 2011
Yesterday, Google announced its new Google Art Project ..
Google Art Project, Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Art Project?
A unique collaboration, with some of the worlds most acclaimed art
museums, to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand
artworks online in extraordinary detail.
How do I get started?
Simply select a museum from the homepage and then either chose Explore
the museum or View Artwork. Once you are in the main site use the drop-
down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums.
Finally create and share your own collections online.
* Explore museums with Street View technology: virtually move around the
museums galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate
though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum as you
* Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the
custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you
to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch
related YouTube videos.
* Create your own collection: the Create an Artwork Collection feature
allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build
your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting
and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.
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
chose the number of galleries, artwork and information they wanted to
include, based on reasons specific to them. All content in the
information panel pertaining to individual artworks was also provided by
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
Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected? Yes. The high
resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned
by the museums, and these images are protected by 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
Googles Terms of Service.
The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.
For now, the following museums are included in the project:
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin - Germany
Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC - USA
The Frick Collection, NYC - USA
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin - Germany
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC - USA
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC - USA
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid - Spain
Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain
Museum Kampa, Prague - Czech Republic
National Gallery, London - UK
Palace of Versailles - France
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - Russia
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow - Russia
Tate Britain, London - UK
Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Italy
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Please check back here for more news soon on new museums being added to
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