artproject Google expands Art Project across the world

Google has expanded its Art Project across the world, increasing the number of museums involved from 17 to a whopping 151, with thousands of artworks now available for all to see online.

Google has expanded its Art Project across the world, increasing the number of museums involved from 17 to a whopping 151, with thousands of artworks now available for all to see online.

 
The original experiment launched last year, involving nine countries and around 1,000 images, mostly from Western artists. Today's huge expansion increases that number to 40 countries and a massive 30,000 high-resolution artworks, with a greater variety of styles from people across the world.
 
The Google Art Project gives students and lovers of art easy internet access to the works held at the Metropalitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, the Gibbes Museum of Art in South Carolina, the SCAD Museum of Art in Georgia, and even the White House, to name but a few.
 
 
Art Project has also been updated with a few new features, such as Explore and Discover, which provides an easy way to find artwork by period, artist or type, Google+ and Hangouts integration, for sharing and engaging with fellow art lovers, a higher quality Street View option for exploring museums, and a personalised gallery featuring favourite artworks.
 
The Google Art Project is part of a wider array of cultural experiments the search giant is engaging in, including the Google Cultural Institute, which is providing high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the digitizing of the archives of famous individuals like Nelson Mandela, and the creation of 3D models of historical sites and landmarks, such as 18th Century French cities.