Google brings StreetView inside art galleries


Last year saw Google StreetView take to Antarctica, letting everyone explore the great white beyond. This year, it seems as if art is on the cards, with Google Art Project.

The project is a collaboration between some of the world’s best known art museums and Google, creating a virtual walkthrough and allowing anyone – you, me, your kids – to check out great works of art whenever they want to.

An extreme close-up of Louise Elisabeth VigĂ©e-Lebrun’s “Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, Queen of France, and her Children”, shown at the Palace of Versailles in France.

Exploring the museums, you’ll find that you can get so close to many of the images, you can see the individual brush strokes.

Google Art Project goes beyond just being “Street View for an art museum,” however, as Google has provided information on the artwork, artist, and museum, as well as offering users with a Google account opportunity to make their own “artwork collection”.

Find out more information about the artist, including a Google Map showing where they were born.

With school returning this week, Google Art Project looks like it will be an excellent resource for students studying art. At the moment, there are 17 different art galleries, most of which are in Europe, but expect more later this year.

Try it out at Google Art Project.