Take a Walk Through Versailles with the Google Art Project

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Google partnered with 17 museums from around the world, including Versailles, to put together the Google Art Project, which features more than 1000 works. Walk around the museum by clicking directional arrows Рenjoy a 360-degree view!  Zoom in on paintings to examine individual brush strokes or cracks in the paint.

While the walking experience may feel a bit stilted due to load time, the project is a useful tool to engage students, and it is definitely something teachers in the humanities should check out. Unsurprisingly, the project has caused some debate, including questions about whether posting such high resolution images will lead to easier ways of producing illegal reproductions, and whether it is good, bad, or neutral for museums. (Have an opinion on the Google Art Project? Leave a comment.)

General information:
Official Google Art Project promo: “Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.”

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Current Museum Partners:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gem√§ldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands