Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google Art Project

I've just spent an hour roaming the Van Gogh Art Museum in Amsterdam and adding this lovely painting of fishing boats to my personal art collection. Before you think that I've absolutely lost my mind, jetting all over Europe spending millions of dollars that I don't have, let me explain. Google is my home page; actually it's Google.fr here in France. Today I noticed a link below the 'Search' box to the Google Art Project. Go ahead...click on it! It will take you to a fabulous website that Google has put together partnering with some of the best art museums in the world. You can view the art and access all kinds of information about each piece. You can wander the galleries and corridors of these famous museums. And you can even put together your own collection of favorites to share with friends. I never cease to be amazed at the places this computer can take me! As I roamed the galleries of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the halls of Versailles, I reminded myself that this is the way to use technology; to allow anyone regardless of their financial situation to view the world's greatest art treasures. And it's better than a picture in a book...by 'virtually' walking the halls, it's almost as good as being there in person!

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  1. Lovely blog- pix and words... just popped by from SFN.
    i've just been looking at the Van Gogh on Google too - so wasn't fooled by your extravagant trip! We have a huge print of one of his wheat field series in our bedroom - such a joy to look at in the morning... and reminds me that all our hard work will pay off soon, and we'll be living in france too!
    teresa
    http://upstixtofrance.blogspot.com/

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