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Google launches Art Project – think “Street View” for museums

From USA Today’s Technology section and Mashable:

Not every art lover has the capital to travel around the globe and take in the top museums. Luckily, Google has used its "Big Brother" powers for good with the Google Art Project, which is like Google Street View for museums. Today, on Google’s blog, Amit Sood announced the launch of the Art Project, which features 17 art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain and The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Via the Art Project, users can navigate through these museums and check out more than 1,000 works of art by more than 400 artists…

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This is a great idea! It’s a great way for museums to promote themselves and their work, and it’s an easy way to expose students and novice art lovers to more work, especially in museums that people may not be able to get to anytime soon (I’ve never had a reason to go to St. Petersburg, for example). Being exposed to art in this way is great because it’s accessible and makes people more invested in supporting future arts and culture projects; who wouldn’t want great pieces of art delivered to their desktops?

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.