As only Google could do, you can now (virtually) step into some of the most acclaimed museums in the world! The internet giant has built a brand-new technology that allows their Street View technology to go indoors, encouraging us to explore inside museums and enabling us to see the incredible detail in over 1,000 works of art! “On average there are 7 billion pixels” per image, said Amit Sood, leader of the Google Art Project. “This is a thousand times more than the average digital camera.”
Seventeen of the world’s art museums are currently on board including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this virtual experience will affect our appreciation for art…
“The giga-pixel experience brings us very close to the essence of the artist through detail that simply can’t be seen in the gallery itself,” said Julian Raby, director of the Freer, in a statement. “Far from eliminating the necessity of seeing artworks in person, Art Project deepens our desire to go in search of the real thing.”