A collaboration between Google and 151 art partners from across 40 countries, the Art Project describes itself as “a unique online art experience (in which) users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum, and even build their own collections to share.” Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by its museum partners, the Art Project already contains over 30,000 works of art - from sculpture to architecture and drawings – drawn from 150 collections, from 40 countries. The Street View images now cover 200+ institutions in 40 countries, with more being added all the time.
Last month, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) added images of 100 artworks from Latin America and the Caribbean to the Google Art Project. Although representing only a sample of the IDB’s Art Collection – which has more than 1,700 artworks acquired over the last five decades, managed by the IDB Cultural Center - this nonetheless “symbolizes the diversity of a vast continent—from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Northwest Territories in Canada—and the rich dialogue between its many nations and cultures.” The selection can be seen at the IDB Art Collection in the Google Art Project.
About Google Art Project
Part of the Google Cultural Institute, the Google Art Project aims to “to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world, make it available for people to explore online, and in so doing, democratize access to culture and preserve it for future generations. In addition to the artwork from collections around the world, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts, there is a wealth of additional material. Expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, maps and so on provide an invaluable range of content for visitors to enjoy."
About the IDB Cultural Centre
Established in 1992, the IDB Cultural Center has two primary objectives: to showcase the artistic expressions of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to contribute to the social development of the region by providing grants to small-scale cultural projects that have positive social impact.
To become involved
- Create your own collection using the site’s “My Galleries” feature, which allows you to build your own personalized gallery, save specific views of any of the artworks, add comments to paintings, and share with others. Additionally, the “Compare” feature allows you to examine two pieces of artwork side-by-side to look at how an artist’s style evolved over time, connect trends across cultures or delve deeply into two parts of the same work.
- Add your museum/institution/private collection to the Google Art Project: use the website’s Sign Up form. According to the website, collections and partners are welcomed.
This article draws on information from the IDB e-News “IDB Art Collection joins the Google Art Project” received on 10th April 2013 as well as from http://www.googleartproject.com/faqs/