Loving this new Google maps (sort of) project that lets you go into museums around the world and explore. Not only that, but at ridiculous levels of detail. Really great stuff.
With Google Art Project, users can wander around 17 of the world’s top galleries and museums and view 1,061 artworks. There are also 17 special gigapixel images – one for each participating institution’s most treasured piece, allowing viewers to zoom right in to brush-stroke levels of detail.
Over the past 18 months, a Google team has been zipping around the likes of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Palace of Versailles using trolley mounted cameras to photograph corridors and galleries. Users can explore each gallery from room to room or create their own collections of masterpieces.
I’ve been a big fan of Google maps / street view for ages and it was only a matter of time before they started going into buildings too. I for one would welcome them into my house; though I’d definitely need to hoover first.