Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday's Words - Museums

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I love visiting museums when we travel, but sometimes there just isn't enough time to really visit and study the exhibitions or else it is crowded and you are being moved along in a cattle line.

Or when we were in Florence and it happened to be May 1st, a national holiday so the Uffizi Gallery was closed.

Imagine my excitement when I read about the Google Art Project, which brings together over 1,000 works of art by more than 400 artists. Using its Street View technology, Google has mapped 17 museums from around the world, including the Met, allowing you to take a stroll through the museum from the comfort of your own home. Each of these museums has selected one image that Google photographed using some amazingly advanced technology so that you can zoom into it in great detail – maybe greater detail than would have been possible if you were seeing it hanging on the museum wall! You “can zoom in" to see Van Gogh’s famous brushwork!

While this isn't the same as actually being at the Louvre or Sistine Chapel it is a great resource when you come home and can study in detail and comfort.


1 comment:

  1. Well when you live in a city you seldom go.
    We were in New York and stayed on the subway one stop too long. I insisted we got out and found the Smithsonian Museum to the native American Indian. A fine building inside and out.
    We got to shake hands with a real American (she was part Irish)


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