Art and art history play a big role in my life, so when the new Google Art Project was announced a few weeks ago, naturally I was ecstatic! Not only has Google gone through painstaking measures to digitally preserve historical works of art, they’ve also made all of their efforts publicly available on the web.
The presentation of the works is nothing short of outstanding. For example, you can zoom around a Vincent van Gogh painting like Starry Night just as you would a Google Map. See unprecedented detail, including individual brush strokes and cracks in the oil paint!
They’ve also made a really cool video highlighting their digital capture process. I find this to be almost as amazing as the artwork itself.
If you haven’t checked out the Google Art Project yet, take a short break and be inspired by the marriage of modern technology and beautiful works of art.