Today Google unveiled the Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed museums. This initiative enables the public to explore more than a thousand masterpieces with just a click of a mouse. Over the last eighteen months, Google has worked with seventeen art museums, including The Frick Collection and three other US institutions (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York and, the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, in Washington D.C.), to create an online resource where visitors can explore museums from around the world, discover and view works of art at very powerful zoom levels, and even create and share their own virtual collections of masterpieces. The results of this global partnership can be explored at googleartproject.com.
Four hundred and eighty-six artists are represented in the project, with the Frick contributing works from its permanent collection by Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ingres, and Renoir, and others. Comments Anne L. Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, “We are delighted to be among the international group of museums participating in this groundbreaking collaboration with Google. The Art Project represents an exciting synthesis of art and technology, which will enhance the ways one can access and experience masterworks in great public collections while providing individuals and educators with new tools for sharing their impressions and discoveries.”