Art lovers, teachers, and students can now use their computers to view arts works from all around the world by taking virtual tours of over 150 museums worldwide thanks to the Google Art Project. Project expert Piotr Adamczyk says a number of American museums have joined the project– including the Gibbes Museum in Charleston.
Using the latest in computer technology, visitors to the website can closely examine various art products in great detail.Each museum provides information on a product, including when it was made, where it’s from, and the artist. Adamcyzk says in many cases, especially with the older art, the information is sketchy and the artist may not be known.
Gibbes and the Savannah College of Art and Design are the first two museums in the Southeast to participate in the Google Art Project.
“The photographs are really high-resolution, so you’re able to zoom in on all the details,” Adamczyk said. “In some cases, Google has been able to come in and also shoot things we call ‘gigapixels.’ Those provide billions of pixels so you can zoom in to see brush-stroke level detail.”
Adamcyzk says posting the images online has actually stimulated viewers to make personal visits to various museums. He says visitors are able to view artworks of many cultures and civilizations from virtually every corner of the globe.
AUDIO: Adamczyk says virtual visits have created more actual museum visits (1:05)