Detail of Rachel Ruysch’s Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s)
Whether you’re traveling for spring break or holed up studying — you can visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) online through the Google Art Project! In honor of International Women’s day this past weekend, the NMWA made 59 pieces from their collection available online as high-resolution images. Not only can you zoom into an artwork to see vivid detail, you can use Google’s “museum view” feature to zoom out and move around three floors of the museum.
Also in honor of International Women’s day, the Google Cultural Institute partnered with museums (including NMWA), archives, and cultural groups from around the world to launch “Women in Culture,” a special collection of online exhibitions highlighting achievements by women artists, leaders, and innovators.
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Google has announced their new Google Art Project, an exciting development for the arts community worldwide. The project combines “Street View” for selected museums with artworks in high resolution. From Google’s Official Blog: “You’ll find a selection of super high-resolution images of famous works of art as well as more than a thousand other images, by more than 400 artists—all in one place. And with Street View technology, you can take a virtual tour inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums.”
While the project is currently limited in size and scope (approximately 1000 works are represented), it offers a great deal of potential, not to mention hours of browsing for anyone interested in the arts. After all, who could resist a virtual visit to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg at their convenience? View the video below for brief introduction to the Google Art Project.