Back in 2000, I spent a few wonderful weeks traveling around Italy and Greece. Some of my favorite days were spent visiting local museums like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Acropolis Museum and the Athens National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Being able stand in front of the masterpieces that I had studied in my art history classes took my breath away and touched me in ways that are difficult to express.
Yesterday Google launched the Art Project, a virtual tour of the artwork from 17 galleries around the world showing artwork from 380 artists. Using the same technology that Google uses to create it’s street view maps, virtual tours of the galleries have been created. High resolution images of the artwork allow viewers to zoom in and see details like brush strokes up close. It’s not the quite the same as being there but it is a wonderful opportunity to virtually visit museums that I may never be able to go to. It was great to see Sandro Botticelli”s The Birth of Venus once again.Tags:Museums