Google brings Street View into world's greatest galleries

Posted by Kate Taylor

Google has teamed up with museums and galleries around the world to create Google Art Project - a sort of Street View of art.
 

The project allows users to take a virtual 360-degree tour of nearly 400 rooms within 17 institutions, including the Uffizi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and London's National Gallery.

Images from a Steret View trolley have been stitched together to create the tours. The work's involved taking super-high-resolution images of famous artworks, each containing around seven billion pixels, as well as

collating more than a thousand other images into one place. Nearly 500 artists are represented. nUsers can zoom in on the individual artworks to see the tiniest details, and can create their own collection, saving specific views.

There are information panels to help users find out more about an artwork, find other works by the same artist and even watch related YouTube videos.

"This initiative started as a '20 percent project' by a group of Googlers passionate about making art more accessible online," says project head Amit Sood.

"Together with our museum partners around the world we have created what we hope will be a fascinating resource for art-lovers, students and casual museum goers alike - inspiring them to one day visit the real thing."

The project covers the Altes Nationalgalerie, The Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, London's National Gallery, The Frick Collection, Gemäldegalerie, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Museo Reina Sofia, Museo Thyseen - Bornemisza, Museum Kampa, Palace of Versailles, Rijksmuseum, The State Hermitage Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, Tate, Uffizi and Van Gogh Museum.