October 30, 2014

Google's Art Project Expands: Now With More than 30,000 Hi-Res Images From 151 Museums

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At the Musee d’Orsay in Paris today, Google announced a major expansion of the Google Art Project.

Fast Facts About the Expansion from the Google Blog:

  • 1. At Launch (Last Year) 1,000 Hi-Res Images from 17 Museums in Nine Countries
  • 2. As of Today, 30,000+ Hi-Res Images from 151 Museums in 40 Countries
  • 3. Plus, “Street View” Imagery for 46 Museums
  • 4. 46 Artworks Using Gigapixel Technology

Direct to Google Art Project Web Site Homepage

New Features from Art Project:

  • Using completely new tools, called Explore and Discover, you can find artworks by period, artist or type of artwork, displaying works from different museums around the world.
  • Google+ and Hangouts are integrated on the site, enabling you to create even more engaging personal galleries.
  • Street View images are now displayed in finer quality. A specially designed Street View “trolley” took 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of more than 385 rooms within the museums. You can also explore the gallery interiors directly from within Street View in Google Maps.
  • An enhanced My Gallery feature lets you select any of the 30,000 artworks—along with your favorite details—to build your own personalized gallery. You can add comments to each painting and share the whole collection with friends and family. (It’s an ideal tool for students.)

Links

Direct to List of Museum Collections

Direct to Artworks and Artists

Direct to Map of Collections (By Country)

Direct to “How to Use” Video

Direct to Google Art Project Web Site Homepage

Coverage/New Museums and More

See Also: Go Behind the Scenes as Google “Captures” the White House

See Also: Google Art Project launches Tuesday at Art Institute of Chicago (via Chicago Tribune)

See Also: LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google’s art site (via LA Times)

See Also: Art Gallery of Ontario joins Google Art Project (via CBC)

See Also: Ten more UK galleries join Google Art Project’s virtual culture tours (via The Guardian)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.