Google Art Project

Google has teamed up with some of the world's leading art museums to launch Art Project, a new web portal allowing visitors to take virtual, street view-style tours of their galleries and view super-high resolution images of some of the world's finest artworks.

Over the past 18 months, Google has worked with 17 leading museums including The Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, The National Gallery, London and Tate Britain, capturing over 1000 high resolution images of famous works of art. These include one massive 7-gigapixel image from each participating gallery, offering a staggering level of detail.

Google has also published three videos to introduce Art Project and show how it's been brought to life, which you can find after the jump. [Google Art Project]


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Google Art Project offers hi-res virtual gallery tours


lol Nobody - I am absolutely intrigued by what Google is doing with this! So intrigued that I was like "SWEET!! I wanna check this out right now!" and then I realized that it's not on my phone... I was really looking forward to this ability on my phone - and it probably eventually WILL come to my phone, but I was just pointing out that I don't see the immediate tie-in.

OK OK! So my initial reaction was worded wrong. I'm not upset - just wondering how this relates to my phone right now.

I just tested this on my EVO 4G and I can play with the images just like on my computer so maybe that's where they tied it in.

who cares, it's an amazing website, I've been virtually touring the museums as we speak. Some of the high resolution images are amazing. You can see brush strokes and all. just wow.

As an artist, all I can say is STUNNING! Google is becoming the catalog of all things human. Hopefully, they'll some day launch a capsule into space with all of this documentation so that when our species or planet is no longer another civilization might discover who we were.