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The Google Art Project

One example of a Gigapixelated image and the magnification one can manipulate.

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.


About Eliza Quinzet-Leijon

Interested in all creative endeavors, Eliza collects virtual books and art in Second Life. She also creates virtual sculptures. Lisa Johnson has an MA in Rhetoric and Composition and currently teaches English composition. She is currently attempting to learn Swedish in order to raise her status from that of mono to bi-lingual. Apparently, the ability to say "hello," "goodbye," "please," thank you," and "WTF" in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Swedish does not make one a polyglot.


5 thoughts on “The Google Art Project

  1. As an inner city teacher, this project is hugely helpful in making it possible for me to show the world to me students without costing a dime! Google Art and the Google Book project, if used and developed in the right way, are going to change the lives of students world-wide.

    Posted by Sarah Sweeney | April 16, 2012, 1:15 am
  2. What a remarkable innovation! (The magnification feature alone is noteworthy.) This would surely be one of a very select few websites I’d have to have access to on the proverbial desert island! This’ll keep me busy for a very long time.

    Posted by Cecilia Delacroix | April 22, 2012, 4:04 pm


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