Inspirations: Google’s New “Art Project”- Great Art, Up Close And Personal

Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh

Kicking back this holiday weekend? Want to visit (virtually) some of the greatest art museums in the world?

Google’s done some really dumb stuff in its time, but with their new Art Project, they’ve brilliantly figured out a way to make great art accessible to everyone in a way never before possible.

Here’s an article over at ArtInfo that explains how.

For artists, while there will never be a substitute for seeing art in the original, Art Project not only provides extremely accurate images (unlike books, posters, postcards, etc., which are always a bit of a disappointment),  it lets you zoom in close, REALLY close. Much closer than you would ever be allowed to get to the real thing. At least until they throw you out.

Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt

I can imagine Art Project being very useful for a classic way of studying painting, copying master works. The ability to zoom in and see brush stokes and edges is really terrific. Here’s an example from the Rijksmuseum, the main museum housing the work or Rembrandt. It’s “Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul”. Or one of my all-time favorite paintings…Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, from the Museum of Modern Art.

Have a great weekend!

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