Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Visit a Museum Today...

...from your desk!  Have you seen Art Project by Google?  It's a brilliant website that lets you tour museums using Google street view and then you can view selected pieces of art with an amazing level of zoom.  Google claims that you can get closer to a painting here than in real life.

The Princess from the Land of Porcelain by one of my favorite artists, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

I was an Art History major in college so this brings back so many memories of trips to The Met and The Frick. I remember seeing Van Gogh's Two Cypresses in person after studying it for years and it was a life changing moment.  The texture is absolutely incredible and it's something that you cannot even get a grasp of from the photographs.  But now, with Google Art Project you can see that texture. All you need to do is just zoom in.

Did you know this is what a star looks like from The Starry Night?  Fascinating, right?

The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh

Of course, the real thing is best, but if you can't hop on a flight to Amsterdam this would probably be the second best way to tour the Van Gogh Museum.  Be sure to check out the visitor guide, which gives a helpful tutorial on how to use the site.  And also check out this interesting Behind the Scenes video on how they were able to encapsulate all this art.  Enjoy!


Octavia Brown said...

Wow! This is so cool. The level of detail is incredible. I've seen Starry Night in person and definitely couldn't get close enough to see the detail in the stars. Great find!

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