I’m writing this blog post from than Van Gogh Museum. I’m also writing it from the armchair of my apartment. How, you may ask, is this possible? Although I do entertain the Multiverse theory, it’s actually not that. It’s on account of Google Art Project, possibly the best thing to happen to the internet since cats. Google Art Project, which I refuse to call GAP, is the art geek’s Google Earth street view. The project hosts a number of international museums, including the Met, the Uffizi, the National Gallery of London, and Versailles. Hopefully in the near future this list will grow to include smaller and non-Western museums.
But what a start! Of course using the feature doesn’t compare to physical museum going, but the project is helping further museums’ general goal: wider access to art. It’s also a curatorial coup. Instead of merely looking at a work of art on the internet, project browsers can see it in context, right down to one of my favorite curatorial elements: wall colors. What’s more, you can zoom in on any piece of art you would like to examine more closely or learn more about. I mean really zoom…we’re talking individual brushstrokes.
Now get out of here and start exploring!