Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Expansion of Google Art Project Announced

Today the Google blog announced a major expansion of content available in the Google Art Project. A little over a year ago the VRC reported the launch of this resource. I noted then that while its scope was relatively small -- with only 1,000 images from 17 museums -- the Art Project had the potential to become an incredible resource over time. I am pleased to see that the Art Project now includes more than 30,000 high-resolution artworks. These represent a more diverse cultural range that includes sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. There are currently Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way.

In addition to more images, some other new elements include:
  • New tools, called Explore and Discover, let you find images by period, artist, or artwork type.
  • Integration of Google+ and Hangouts on the site.
  • Better quality of Street View images.
  • 46 artworks are now available in super high "gigapixel" resolution.
  • The My Gallery feature, which allows you to build, annotate, and share personalized galleries.
 Want to know more about the Google Art Project. The FAQs page is a great place to start. Have fun exploring!

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