Like, totally amazing.

February 3 2011

Image of Like, totally amazing.

Picture: Gemaldegalerie,Berlin

Google have a new website,, where you can virtually explore some of the world's leading art galleries; Tate, Uffizi, Met, the National in London, etc. etc. 

The most amazing thing of all, however, is the ability to zoom in in ultra-high resolution on some of the paintings. I've never seen digital art images as good as this online, and all for free too. Usually, galleries are so terrified of protecting their image rights, that you all you get is a blurry thumbnail.

It's brilliant. Congratulations to everyone involved. 

I hope more UK art galleries can participate with Google in this project. The goal should be a comprehensive online database of the UK's national art collection. With Google's help, we could do this far more cheaply and effectively than if we tried to do it as, say, a government project.  

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