Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Google Gets it Right

                                      The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist.  I tend to think that:

     (1)  there's been a massive alien cover-up;
     (2)  the Illuminati runs the world; and
     (3)  don't even get me started on who killed Kennedy

So as you can imagine, when Google Maps came out with satellite technology that lets anyone with access to a computer have close-up views of my house with a few quick keystrokes, I was kind of nervous that Big Brother had gotten way out of control.

But Google has (slightly) redeemed itself with the launch of the Google Art Project.  This site lets you take virtual tours of some of the most well-known museums from all over the world for free.  From New York's Museum of Modern Art to London's Tate Museum, you can wander through famous art collections and use the high resolution zoom feature to view the works so close up that you can actually see the original brushstrokes.  Genius!

1 comment:

  1. I agree. Google definitely got it right this time. Let's just hope they don't start offering a Tour of Residences.

    It's wonderful that museum tours are available virtually. It opens up the world art collections to our children in such an amazing way.