zaterdag 26 maart 2011

Google launches art project

Jonathan Johansson from has written an interesting article on the new Google Art Project. Similar to Google streetview, Google has made recordings and pictures from the inside of many well know museums.

Johathan is concerned that this new Art project will not do much good to attract art lovers to museums:

"Frankly, I’m not convinced that wheeling Google’s hi-tech cameras up and down the hallways of revered museums will do any real good for the cause of art. The company’s "street view" technology may work fine when you’re looking for a drugstore near your hotel or a house to buy, but when applied to revered art sanctuaries, the outcome in my opinion is at best uninspiring (or as one critic wrote, "underwhelming"). For example, “street view” technology shows no mercy for the unique atmosphere of New York Frick Collection. Its gilt-framed masterpieces are transfigured into tacky, five-and-dime pictures while the bleached-out walls and windows recall nothing so well as the misfortunes of the astronaut in the final of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey. Rather than coming to life, the great museums assume an unknown sense of emptiness.

The Google museum tour interface needs to be vastly improved or it will wind up getting more people lost in its mediocre visuals and confused about art rather than being an incentive to visit real museums"

Read the full article

Visit Google Art Project

Several of Vermeers works now available on Google Art project:

1) Young Woman with a pearl necklace (Gemäldegalerie)
2) The little street (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
3) The Loveletter (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

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