Sunday, October 2, 2011

Art Project

http://www.googleartproject.com/

The Google Art Project is a site that allows visitors to view various artworks of 17 museums from around the world and experience virtual tours of galleries, similar to the street views on Google maps. Although this could by no means replace actually going to the museums and seeing the art in person, I think the attempt at accessibility is what I find beautiful. For individuals who don’t have the opportunity to see No Woman, No Cry at the Tate, for instance, this is perhaps the closest they can reasonably get to the real thing (and with pretty impressive zooming capabilities). I’m still convinced that nothing can replace the first-hand experience, but the notion of digitizing artwork in this way is still rather innovative.

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