THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT

Google Art ProjectWe are total museum buffs. (Bob was even trained to be a museum curator). The Google Art Project, at GoogleArtProject.com, makes it possible to view 1,000 works online. The selections are from seventeen major museums, including England’s National Gallery and the Tate Museum, MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art in New York), the Hermitage in Russia and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. More will be added regularly.

The picture detail is terrific. It’s almost like being there, without having to find a place to park. Click on a museum or an artist to browse. We started with “The Ambassadors,” by Hans Holbein. Zoom in on any part of a painting to closely examine details.

If you wish, you can save your favorites and return to them at another time; click the “Create an art collection” link in the lower right. Your collections can be shared across social networks like Facebook or by email. You can save close-ups and notes on each painting

There are a lot of invisible menu choices that only appear when you click the “I” for information button on the upper right. Use the search function to find a particular painting, artist or museum. Click to view YouTube videos produced by the museum, listen to audio tours or use Google Street view to roam around the gallery. If it gets confusing, the site has video tutorials.

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