Goggle has done a lot of things right. They’ve even done a few things wrong. But their new large scale project the Google Art Project is absolutely amazing! Currently boasting a collection of over 32,000 of the world most famous works, Google is redefining how we view art.
Don’t get me wrong. We all know (if you don’t yet then head to the local museum and peruse until you do!) that seeing, in person, a masterpiece is an emotionally powerful experience. Being there…directly in front of a work is something that cannot be simulated online. But what Google has accomplished is still invaluable. Creating a database of masterpieces, all in high resolution, all in a central web location is a gift from the internet gods! Most of these are works the majority of the world will never get to see in person. You can zoom in on every one in hi-res! You can actually SEE the strokes -the precision or even the wild energy- the artist used in creation of the work. This is absolutely fucking phenomenal!
Here is a short article that explains it Google Art Project: Click for art!
Now, I do have to say, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the interface. It’s a bit daunting at first glance. But if you spend just a few minutes clicking around, you’ll start to see just how in-depth the site is. You can look up art by artist, by collection (museum) and even by name. There is even an option to see an image of the actual work on the wall of the museum, with a floor map to show you where it is in that museum! Go. Spend some time checking out the site. Once you understand the underpinned logic of the site…I think you’ll be amazed at what is now available to you…right at your fingertips.
So Goggle, for bringing art to the world Give Us Art! salutes you!