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The World of Art in the Age of Google

Google unveiled the Art Project   last Tuesday in London. Seventeen museums from around the globe will be featured in this state-of-the -art virtual environment where Google technologies enable visitors to stroll the halls of Versailles, The Freer/Sackler Galleries in WDC, The Frick Collection in NYC, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, MoMA in NYC, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Tate Britain in London, the Met in NYC, Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Gemaeldegalerie in Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Museum Kampa in Prag und Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. This is a great tool for self-education. At your leisure, you can look closely at paintings and discover things you may not have noticed when you looked at it in person. Google hopes to sign up more museums – noticeably absent are “my” Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, and most museums in the United States. As of now, the system includes some 10,000 works of art, fewer than available on other virtual art data bases. It is no substitute for seeing a work of art in person and only a number of selected (by somebody else not you) works are available. So I consider it a great step forward in virtual art presentation but remember that it is only the next best thing to being there.

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