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02 February 2011

The Google Art Project

Explore 17 fameous art museums from around the world, discover and view a thousand artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces. www.googleartproject.com

You can view the artwork, or explore the museum with Street View technology.

Here's the "Visitor's Guide" video:

"You’ll find a selection of super high-resolution images of famous works of art as well as more than a thousand other images, by more than 400 artists—all in one place. And with Street View technology, you can take a virtual tour inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, 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." (link)

"Super high resolution" means you can look at a painting as though you had stepped over the barrier that museums use to keep viewers at a safe distance, and press your nose to the canvass to inspect the brush strokes and color through a magnifying glass. Here's a screen shot of a section of a section of Van Gogh's well known "The Starry Night" painting, in the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.
screen shot

You can use the “Create an Artwork Collection” feature, to save specific views of any of the artworks and build your own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with students, classmates, other teachers or schools (as well as friends and family, of course!)

Here's a video of how the Project was created:

The Project's YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/googleartproject You can see all the Street View imagery as videos on this channel.