Google launched an online gallery today featuring incredibly high resolution images taken from museums around the world.
New York was well represented, with The MOMA, Metropolitan Museum and Frick Gallery all participating in Google’s Art Project.
Visitors can wander through the museum using a three dimensional navigation that works like Google (GOOGL) Map’s street view.
If users want more detail on an image, they can exit the navigation mode and spend time viewing a detailed profile of the artwork, complete with video, history and more works by this artist.
Its like going to the museum free of charge and finding there are no crummy tourists blocking your view or guards telling you not to get so close. Gift shop sold separately.
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