This post originally ran on April 13th, 2011. Enjoy!
Have you ever been like, “wouldn’t it be cool to have a huge and aesthetically-pleasing compendium of lots of museums and their collections all over the world that I could access for free”? Yeah, us too. If you’ve ever tried to navigate the traditional, often confusing websites belonging to individual galleries and museums, you too will appreciate Google’s revolutionary Art Project.
Google asserts that ”the Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries”. Any interested party can search the database by artist, collection, or artwork and gain immediate access to big, juicy digitized reproductions of works one knows and loves, or works that one might not know but will soon love. AND THEN this very same interested party can create her own gallery and share with other interested parties. Combine this action with other educational features, such as “narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, maps”, and you’ve just won my heart.
Over here at Finch & Ada, we love collaboration, especially when it makes art more accessible. With a casual click, I was transported to New Zealand, and then California maybe later I will go to London. Truly, this will revolutionize the way art is shared, taught, and understood.