The amazing new Google Art Project

There's a cool new thing to get you excited for all the incredible art you'll see on your next trip to Europe. It’s called Google Art Project, and I can't stop.

Much as Google Street View leads you through the streets of the world, Google Art Project leads you down the halls of some of the world’s best museums. You can view all the amazing paintings right on your computer. The paintings are photographed in such high resolution that you can zoom in and in and in, seeing the tiniest details and the texture of the brush strokes. It’s very cool.

The site includes 17 amazing museums. Some of my all-time favorites are on there, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Tate Britain in London. It also has some museums that I hope to visit for the first time soon, including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

Like the museum officials interviewed in this article, I think this project is great for fans of art. Of course, nothing can replace the experience of standing face to face with these paintings, but it’s definitely great for piquing the interest and figuring out which museums and masterpieces you want to check out when you go to Europe. Thanks, Google.

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Photo: MicheleLovesArt via Flickr (CC)

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