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Google Art Project

On February 1, 2001 the Google Art Project was launched as a new tool which put more than 1,000 works of art at your fingertips, in extraordinary detail.

It started when a small group who were passionate about art got together to think about how technology can be used to help museums make their art more accessible – not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close.

A selection of super high-resolution images of famous artworks – as well as more than a thousand other images by more than 400 artists – became available all in one place. With Street View technology, virtual tours inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums also became available to explore online, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain and The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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