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Gigapixel Art

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by cyberacoustics

Leave it to Google to change the way we see art. Over the past 18 months, Google has been working with some of the world's top art museums to capture interactive pictures of some of their finest pieces of art. 

Top museums like the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Gallery in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Museo Reina Sofie, Museo Thyseen, Museum Kampa, and others have all taken part in Google's effort to expand art audiences. 

Google took on the the daunting task of riding their street view tricycles through the museums, taking hi-res, 7,000 to 14,000 megapixel images of 1,000 unique pieces of art. With that kind of quality shots, the level of detail in the photographs is nothing short of astounding.

Some of the works of art included in the project are Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry, and Cezanne's post impressionist works. In total, 486 artists from around the world have been included.

Birth of venus google art project botticelli

Google is calling this project "Google Art." Now, you can view paintings you've never seen before and in a way that will stir up the art industry. The level of viewable detail is unbelievable. Each brush stroke comes alive as you zoom in closer to the painting. In essence, you see the paintings as if you were painting it yourself.

Thanks to Google street view technology and the Google Art project site you can now check out artwork from around the world. Seriously, who needs a rainy day to go to the art museum now?  

- Steve Murphy - CFO, Cyber Acoustics

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