Recently, 4 new videos from the Google Art Project dropped into my email. (You remember the launch of Google Art Project last year? We wrote about it here.)

The original Art Project counted 17 museums in nine countries and 1,000 images, almost all paintings from Western masters. Today, the Art Project includes more than30,000 high-resolution artworks, with Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way. In other words, the Art Project is no longer just about the Indian student wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is now also about the American student wanting to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. ” (link)

This Behind the Scenes video highlights the new additions to the Project, and very fast views of how the pictures were taken for it… Street View for art works.

This is a short video about how to use the Art Project web site:

As my school is in Switzerland, we are especially interested in which Swiss museums are involved in the Project?

The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is the first Swiss museum to join the Google Art Project, adding 104 art works by 33 artists to the Project. Access its page in the Project is here.  The Olympic Museum itself is closed until the end of 2013 for renovations, but has a few virtual tours of its own on its website.  This summer you’ll be able to see part of its collection on the Helvétie, moored at Ouchy.

If you want to look at something else besides art, consider the other projects available on Google:

The Art Project is part of our efforts to bringing culture online and making it accessible the widest possible audience. Under the auspices of the Google Cultural Institute, we’re presenting high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, digitizing the archives of famous figures such as Nelson Mandela, and creating 3D models of18th century French cities. ” (link)


Cross posted at Using ICTs@ ISOCS