I’d heard of the Google Art Project but today was able to get a feel for it. We didn’t spend too much time on it but this is certainly something I should be using in class more.

The Google Art Project pulls in images from museums around the world and makes them available in incredibly high resolution images (using the same technology with which GoogleMaps are created). You can see, zoom, read descriptions, etc. I’ve included some screen shots below.

The Perseus Project filled this void in the past; it has had image collections of museums around the world since the late ’90s (albeit only of ancient images), but this seems more user friendly, more versatile, and with the tools that Perseus offers (zooming, info, etc.).

Our instructor said that you can make your own gallery, which I couldn’t find in our short time with it, but that would seem to elevate its functionality for class significantly. There is, however, a built in compare feature which puts two images side-by-side.

This is the search result for ‘Athens’. I chose the Museum of Cycladic Art (one of my favorites).

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This is the ‘home page’ of the Museum of Cycladic Art; you can scroll through the images with the arrows at right and left.

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This is the resolution / zoom which the Google Art Project projects.

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This is the description that’s included with the image.

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