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Google Art Project Expands With 151 New Museums

The Google Art Project was launched just over a year ago, aiming to allow surfers from around the world to view paintings, sculptures and other works of art that they might not otherwise have access to.

It's essentially a giant virtual museum, which incorporates a range of real world museums and galleries from across the world - the numbers of which have now been considerably expanded, with 151 new institutions coming on board.

That means over 30,000 objects are now available to peruse, which is a massive increase from the total of 1,000 (and 17 museums) present upon launch.

Amit Snood, head of the project, commented: "The Art Project is going global, thanks to our new partners from around the world. It's no longer just about the Indian student wanting to visit Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is also about the American student wanting to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi."

A further ten galleries in the UK have been brought under the Art Project's umbrella, alongside the National Gallery and the Tate, which were already members. The newcomers include the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the V&A, the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Collection, the Imperial War Museum and the Jewish Museum.

Google Art Project allows you to zoom up close on the various works of art, with high resolution renderings of some paintings providing a fascinating insight into the brushwork and fine details.

Source: The Guardian