Monday, February 7

Some of the Best Art in the World


Surely by now just about everyone who’s online knows about Google.

The people at Google have been busily developing and buying up programs and applications to give the user every imaginable way to use, explore, and create an environment for themselves online.

If you haven’t looked recently, here are just a few samples of what’s available: Knol, Orkut, Panaramio, Picnik, and Sketch Up. (If you don’t know what these are, just Google them to find out!)

But the one that got my attention last week was one called Google Art Project.

Just what is Google Art Project? Well, it’s Google’s way of taking you on a virtual world tour of some of the finest art museums and art on the planet.

If I counted correctly, there are currently 17 participating museums including among others: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the National Gallery in London; the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., just to name a few.

You should try it out. For example, you can view Vincent van Gogh’s most famous painting, The Starry Night, in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. A cool zoom feature they’ve added let’s you view it really, really up-close so you can see every amazing brushstroke if you want to.

There’s a three-minute video Visitor Guide that tells you all about what’s on, and how to use, the site. You may want to view this first so you don’t miss out on anything.

In addition, you can customize your art collection by clicking on the link at the lower right, Create an Artwork Collection. You simply click to add any of the paintings, sculptures, or art to create your very own custom viewing experience.

This is so cool. Now you don’t have any excuse for not visiting an art museum.

Happy Painting!

Until next blog…

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