This week on Google Arts & Culture
The Maya civilization, which first began to take shape around 1800 BCE, built sprawling cities with monumental step pyramids and stone temples, and established vast networks of trade and infrastructure. But where are these cities now? This new project by Google Arts & Culture with the British Museum takes a look at the story of the Maya, where they are today and what we can learn from them. You can also discover the research and technological work that goes into preserving Maya heritage, including photographs and 3D casts of hieroglyphs and artefacts; learn about the explorers who brought Mayan culture to the rest of the world; and take a virtual tour of these breath-taking ancient Mayan cities today.
Get to know Hamburg, from its surprising beginnings to its modern-day art and music. Read stories from the Speicherstadt and a portrayal of its history in miniature and then take a tour of the stunning Elbphilarmonie. You can also discover how the world-renowned concert hall was built and watch a live video performance from its musicians in 360˚.
ICOMOS helps promote the conservation of architecture and architectural heritage. Take a look at their exhibits to see how preservation works for different types of places, such as buildings, historic cities and cultural landscapes.
Let us transport you to Rome with this new collection from La Galleria Nazionale, where you can get up-close tours of the brushstrokes in masterpieces like Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, The Gardener by Van Gogh and The Fall of Hyperion by Cy Twombly. You can also explore the beautiful collection by color and discover stories and surprising details about the artworks.
Artist of the Week
Take a look at the art of Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican painter and muralist who is famed for his large, often-politically charged frescoes and for his tumultuous relationship with Frida Kahlo.
Street View Pick
Inhotim is a contemporary art musueum situated within 346 acres of botanical garden and forest in Brazil. Its collection contains many large-scale sculptures by Brazilian and international artists, such as Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Hélio Oiticica and Steve McQueen.