Art Zoom: Google Arts & Culture

September 15 2020

Video: Google Arts & Culture

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Google Arts & Culture have begun a very intriguing series entitled Art Zoom on their YouTube channel. Essential, it contains annotated videos featuring relatively successful contemporary musicians giving their views on works of art. As ever with the Google platform, the detailed images they supply with the videos are unmatched.

The video above features the English Singer Songwriter FKA Twigs* giving her own impressions of Artemisia Gentileschi's The Magdalene in Ecstasy. If such videos attract new and younger audiences into galleries and museums then it's played its part!

Here is another video where the Canadian musician 'Grimes' gives her impression of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Fall of the Rebel Angels.

I'm particularly fond of Grimes's description of Bruegel's picture:

This painting is such a nightmare, like, God, it's like so horrific. Wow.

...

This is like a deeply emotional piece. He must have been having a really bad day.

* - Unless they played the lute, I'm completely clueless when it comes to contemporary music I must admit.

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