When it was launched Google Art Project in January of last year, it allowed anyone with the Internet to access to the 17 largest museums in nine countries including the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The interface was somewhat complex (making navigation difficult) and although some parts were presented to the smallest microscopic detail, overall coverage was limited.
Now, Google has announced the completion of the second version of Google Art Project. With 1,000 gigapixel images of ultra high resolution, the database now offers 32,000 images that can be seen in 360º, not only from paintings, but also from photographs, sculptures, textiles, rock art, ancient artifacts and much more than 151 museums in 40 countries. "Of course they don't let us be so close inside the galleries”Says Google engineer Piotr Adamczyk, who is part of the project.
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The president of Acropolis Museum, Dimitris Pantermalis, says in the newspaper Ta Nea that the museum is looking for all possible communication channels with the public. "The ultra-high resolution and three dimensions of the sculptures allow the user to have a full view of the exhibits and study art in a deeper way."Pantermalis adds.
To take a tour of these museums and institutions, 46 of them have virtual tours, including the White House, the Acropolis Museum of Athens and the Capitoline Museum on the Capitol Hill in Rome.
the interface has improved considerably and now you can navigate quickly between collections. If you want to take a virtual tour of the museum, you must click on the yellow man icon located at the top left next to the name of the museum and the Details button, then you can navigate as if Street View were being used in Google Maps.
If desired browse artworks, you just have to click on the gallery collection. For more information about the piece, you can click the Details button, which includes a link to the artwork on the museum website. You can also search for works of art or individual artists.
It also has a much easier way to use the personal gallery, where you can not only save the images in a own collection, but can also be done annotations and share them with friends. To surprise, the Discover button will do a random journey through the wonders of Google Art Project. It can be viewed in slideshow mode or as a gallery.
Educational apps are much older. Clicking on the Education link provides an introduction and information from an expert's point of view. The DIY section offers curiosities and ideas To use Google Art Project like a educational and creative tool, which allows creating virtual exhibits depending on geographical and financial limits. DIY even connects with 10 other museums they own own educational databases, such as the Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
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