The Google Art Project website was launched in February 2001 and contains over 1,000 images from 17 of the most celebrated art museums throughout the world, such as The Frick Collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and The Tate Britain and National Gallery in London. All of the images are in high resolution so you truly get the feeling of being there in person. You can view the images in one of two ways, “View Artwork” or “Explore the Museum.” Each work gives you the option to obtain additional details from the following sections: Viewing Notes, Artwork History, Artist Information, and More Works by This Artist.
This website is a wonderful companion to any Art History or Art Appreciation curriculum. Reviewing this website will allow you to view some of the world's most celebrated and impressive works of art without having to travel the globe to do so. It is a real accomplishment to provide access to such a diverse and fantastic array of art in one site. The “Explore the Museum” section allows you to view each piece in its natural element and in the context of the other works that surround it. Some of the notable pieces included within are Sunflowers by Van Gogh, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, and The Milkmaid by Vermeer. The Google Art Project even has its own You Tube channel and provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Having thought of just about everything, the Google Art Projects even gives you the opportunity to build your own personalized collection from the various galleries, where you can include specific views of your favorite images.
Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member