I was surprised I had not heard about this project yet from Google. I was hoping for a more interactive site, but considering the strides they are making in creating a world wide archive of artworks for people all around the world to enjoy I think the project is worth bringing attention to here.
Googleartproject.com was launched in 1 February 2011 with 17 international museums on board. Each museum selected one piece that has been Gigapixelated. That is, it has 1billion pixels. The Gigapixelated images can be examined more closely by running your mouse over the images.
Google has expanded this month acquiring a total f 150 museums in 40 countries. You can choose an artist to browse by artist or by museum and gallery. You can also select an image or view a gallery as a slide show.
As I said, I hope eventually this project is more interactive and that you turn a sculpture, for example to view it from different angles. But, the main thing is that art is more available to be shared and studied.
I hope this gallery inspires a lot of future artists, collectors and educators.