Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Google Art Project

As a lover of art and travel I hope to visit most of my favorite works of art in person but with my one to two vacations a year it feels like it just isn't happening fast enough!
So maybe you love art too, but you can't make it to Amsterdam right now to see Van Gogh's Self Portrait, what do you do? When I need my art fix but I can't get where I want to be I use Art Project by Google!

What is the Google Art Project? It is a website that allows you to explore museums from around the world (like the Tate, MoMA, Uffizi, the Met and more!), discover and view hundreds of artworks, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces you find and love.

It's very simple, just select a museum from the homepage and then either choose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’. Once you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums.

At the bottom right of the page there is a 'Create an Artwork Collection' button that allows you to compile a collection of your favorite works of art and share them online.

Art that is scattered all over the world is now at your fingertips! As a lover of art and museums I know that nothing can replace the experience of standing in front of a masterpiece but for the time being this is a pretty great substitute. I even re-tour museums and art I have visited in the past. When I was in Florence the Uffizi wouldn't let me take home Botticelli's Birth of Venus but this way I get to see it whenever I want!


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