If you wanted to find out more about this painting... even
go to see the original of this painting, where would you go?
National Gallery, London? The Met, New York? Galleria Borghese, Rome? Well,
your first stop should be Google. More specifically, The Google
Google have married various of their technologies to create a
unique online art experience, in partnership with some 150 galleries
and museums across 40 countries. The recently updated online gallery,
now has some 30,000 works of art in glorious high definition.
In addition (this is Google we are talking about!), you
are able to take a virtual tour of the museums and galleries,
wandering about through the exhibits courtesy of your mouse and
Google "Street-View" technology.
Dabblers and art lovers can wander around from artist to artist,
gallery to gallery, collection to collection using the intuitive
and easy to master filtering system, whilst serious art students
can get to grips with, say, a chosen artist, within a few mouse
clicks. Google have made it easy by allowing users to refine,
filter and view Artworks and Artists from across 100s of
collections. This allows you for example to instantly discover
all the Rembrandts in the project and allows you to explore, for
example artworks from the same period from that particular collection.
You can browse the content through: the artists name, the
artwork, the type of art, the collection, the country, city and
you can also create your own virtual galleries. Naturally, being
Google, you can also enjoy the essence of the art works thanks
to the slideshow mode and the zoom feature that allows you to
examine every inch of a painting in great detail.
This way, you could soon become an expert in, a single artist,
an art movement, or a genre... such as the "Swagger"
style of Rococo portraiture. Which brings us back to Mary Hickey.
It was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1770, you can see it
in the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA.
How do we know all this?... just ask Google!
Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
- MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York -
First you will need to download the viewer that makes it all
work, from Google Chrome. Don't worry about this though, because
if you haven't already got it on your computer, the Google Art
Project will let you have it free with just one click, when you
first go onto their site.
Simply select a museum from the homepage and then either choose
Explore the museum or View Artwork. Once
you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info
bar to navigate between artworks and museums. As you get to grips
with the site's functionality, you can create your own galleries
and also create and share your own collections online.
Happy browsing... click the logo below
Visit the Google Art Project
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