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Art, a click away

The Google Art Project launches its Indian chapter with NGMA and National Museum.

art and culture Updated: Apr 12, 2012 10:25 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Launched almost a year back, the Google Art Project that got some of the leading world museums to everyone’s desktops, has now launched its India chapter. This art project has tied up with over 151 art partners from 41 countries. And guess what, the Capital’s very own National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and National Museum are now a part of this unique online art experience.

The Google Art Project essentially allows one to see the collection at some of the top museums of the world by simply logging into their website — www.googleartproject.com. Interestingly, it’s not just the artworks that’s up on the site even their whole street view, which allows one to virtually visit each section of the gallery. One can also zoom in and see minute details of the artwork. “NGMA houses and showcases masterpieces from Indian art spanning more than 150 years, and it is for the first time that such a sophisticated technology is used to make the collection available online to users across the globe,” says Rajeev Lochan, director of NGMA.

A screen grab of National Gallery of Modern Art’s street view, as visible on the website.

The project currently hosts more than 30,000 high resolution artworks from over 46 museums. Of these, 200 artworks are from NGMA while 142 are from National Museum. “The project is not just a visual treat but an online art learning, where you can read up about the artworks, gather information and create your own private collection,” says Amit Sood, head, Google Art project. A team of professionals from Google is currently working at NGMA and National Museum, taking pictures with high-end equipment so that people can see even the minute details of the brushwork.

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More about the project
Other leading names featuring in the project include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Palace of Versailles in France, and the White House in Washington DC

My Gallery: This feature allows one to save specific views of artworks and build a personalised gallery. Comments can be added to each painting and then be shared online. It’s an ideal tool for students or groups to work on collaborative projects.