Google Art Project introduce last year on February 2, 2011, now on, with a few simple clicks of a finger, lets art lovers around the world will be able to discover not just paintings, but also sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries.
"The original Art Project counted 17 museums in nine countries and 1,000 images, almost all paintings from Western masters. Today, the Art Project includes more than 30,000 high-resolution artworks, with Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way," posted Amit Sood, Head of Art Project.
"The expanded Art Project embraces all sizes of institutions, specializing in art or in other types of culture. Here's what the expanded Art Project brings:
- Using completely new tools, called Explore and Discover, you can find artworks by period, artist or type of artwork, displaying works from different museums around the world.
- Google+ and Hangouts are integrated on the site, enabling you to create even more engaging personal galleries.
- Street View images are now displayed in finer quality. A specially designed Street View "trolley" took 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of more than 385 rooms within the museums. You can also explore the gallery interiors directly from within Street View in Google Maps.
- Now 46 artworks are available with "gigapixel" photo capturing technology, photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution so you can study details of the brushwork and patina that would be impossible to see with the naked eye.
- An enhanced My Gallery feature lets you select any of the 30,000 artworks--along with your favorite details--to build your own personalised gallery. You can add comments to each painting and share the whole collection with friends and family. (It's an ideal tool for students.)