Friday, January 16, 2009

Google Enhances Art Viewing

Now you can go to, download the software, and type in "Prado Museum" in the search engine and view art as never seen before at the museum. With Google Earth technology, it is possible to enjoy magnificent works of art in a way never previously possible, obtaining details that were impossible. The images available on the Internet are 1,400 times clearer than what would be rendered with a 10-megapixel camera.

Spain's Prado Museum has teamed up with Google Earth for a project that allows people to zoom in on the gallery's main works, even on details not easily discernible to the human eye. This is the first of its kind involving an art museum. It involves 14 of the Prado's choicest paintings. The Prado director said there was no better way to pay tribute to the great masters than to universalize knowledge of their works.

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