Part of the Google Cultural Institute is the Art Project, a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s leading art galleries and museums. Together they have enabled online access to thousands of artworks from over 6000 artists. Using high resolution photography they have captured artworks in extraordinary detail, it is possible to get a better view online than it is in real life – check out this video for a small sample:
You can browse by the artist’s name, the artwork, the type of art, the museum, the country, the city and the collection. If you are logged in with a Google account you can save various artworks into your own collections for future reference.
It is also possible to take “Street View” type tours of over 300 rooms in various museums.
Google Art Project is an extraordinary resource that has potential for use by students and teachers not just in art, but in humanities, English, technology too. Of course, it’s also a great site purely for the enjoyment of all art lovers.