[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 world’s 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 
museum’s 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 
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 

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 
Google’s Terms of Service.

The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.

Our partners:

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 
the project.



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