So you have always wanted to know more about art!
So you have always wanted to know more about art and you have always wanted to find the time to visit galleries but you don't know where to start.
Well here is a place to play.
The Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 incredible collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts. They come from 40 different countries.
You can explore the exhibits right down to the brush strokes.
You can take a tour of the gallery or museum or you can build and share your own collection. There are 30,000 works of art with more to come.
All kinds of things are there from the White House collection to the Rock Art Museum in South Africa.
There are notes on the work of art but you can usually find out more with a web search if you need to. You can see where to find the piece in your own city – and it even tells you where in the gallery you will find it.
The education section has simple tools to learn about the artwork featured in the Art Project. And you will find audio commentaries on some works (although they are a little too reverential for me).
There is a Youtube Channel at this link http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleArtProject
To get started select a museum or gallery from the homepage. You can then choose to “Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’.
Once you are in the main site for the museum you can use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums.
Finally create and share your own collections online.
You can dive into the Look like an Expert sections and test your visual acumen or get creative with the DIY projects.
If you want to learn more the “What’s Next” will point you to some of best art and art history tools on the web.
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