Google Art Project redefines masterpieces with gigapixel technology: 17 great works from across the globe now a click away

February 1, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

Google has found many innovative ways to keep not just the tech-savvy happy, but has also won over fans with a touch of artistic brilliance. The ‘Google Doodle’ is one of those wonderful things that is done each time to pay a fitting tribute to a legend of the past or celebrate a monumental occasion and some festivities. But the Google Art Project should make those close to art, and even other curious onlookers really happy.

The Google Art project has worked in tandem with 17 of the top museums across the globe and has put up virtual tours of these fascinating places on its Google Art Project. To add to the excitement, 17 works have been chosen (one from each of the museums) and photographed using ‘gigapixel’ photo-capturing technology.

These pictures up on Google Art Project offer incredible insight into the masterpieces crafted by some of the very best on the planet. Well, we just browsed through the site and there are a couple of Vincent van Gogh’s works up there and beyond that our knowledge is not sufficient to give you an ‘artistic impression’.

But speaking from a technical perspective, the image clarity, the way you can zoom in to observe each grain is simply unmatched and at times unreal. If you have not been interested in art till date, this will get you started for sure. Of course some of us were disappointed with the lack of Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci and Mona Lisa. But maybe we are just nitpicking!

Do take a look at the Google Art Project and tell us what you think. Enjoy!

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