Explore the World’s Art Galleries – online

http://www.googleartproject.com/

[from NPR]  Internet giant Google unveiled a new website that allows virtual tours of some of the world’s most famous art galleries… the tours are made possible using Google’s Street View Technology… over 1,000 artworks from these 17 museums, over 400 rooms that have been captured on Street View and over 385 artists…

Video cameras mounted on trolleys recorded 360 degree images of selected galleries.

Each of the museums allowed one artwork to be photographed with extremely high resolution “gigapixel” technology.

Among the galleries featured on the website are the Palace of Versailles in France, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

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