Art may not just be confined within the walls of a museum, courtesy the Google Art Project.
Artworks from the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art would now be accessible at the touch of a keystroke. Google's Art Project is an online platform for museums from across the world to showcase their artworks. It will enable art lovers to discover and view more than a thousand artworks of Indian and global artists in both the museums, online.
The two art institutions have joined Google's Art Project that features over 30,000 artworks in gigapixel super high resolution with street view images from 151 partners in 41 countries, including the art collection of the White House and Palace of Versailles in France.
Rajan Anandan, Managing Director and VP- Sales and Operations, Google India said, "There are 120 million Indians on the internet everyday and with the Art Project they can go around museums worldwide at the touch of a keystroke. The project illustrates Google's commitment to bringing culture online and making it accessible to widest possible audience."
Kumari Selja, Minister of Culture who inaugurated the initiative said, "The partnership is not just about bringing people to the museums but taking the National Museum and the NGMA to people across the globe. From a child accessing the web from an internet cafe in Mumbai to a student in New York looking for inspiration for a thesis, the project will connect a cross section of art enthusiasts,"
The project uses street view technology to enable people to move around the gallery virtually to view high quality digitised images and accessing information about the artworks.
Art lovers can also view important artworks like M F Husain's Zameen, Bhupen Kakkar's Man with Plastic Flowers and also works by artists like Jamini Roy and Amrita Shergill. Kumari Selja siad, "It should be ensured that at least 10,000 artworks from each museum are made part of the initiative as soon as possible".
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