Google Art Project recently added 20 more museums to its online display of more than 40,000 total artworks from 250+ cultural organizations around the globe.
Now online visitors can take a "Street View" virtual tour of the Mark Rothko galleries at Fondation Beyeler Museum in Switzerland.
Rare books, paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts from New York's Morgan Library & Museum, along with the 360 degree interior views of its incomparable 1906 McKim-designed building, have been opened, for free, to visitors worldwide.
Gigapixel paintings—very high-resolution works which enable you to zoom in at brushstroke level—can bring out more detials than the naked eye can see. More than 1,500 new high-resolution artworks can now be viewed, including Edvard Munch's The Scream, the $120 million record-setter known the world over, but never before available to view by so many, so close-up.
Take a look at masterpieces such as Monet’s “Waterlilies,” Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Man in a Broad-Brimmed Hat” and Vermeer’s “The Geographer” (the Art Project now houses 15 of his 34 total works, all contributed by different museums).
The scope runs beyond high profile paintings. New and unusual artworks are popping up. Mario Testino's new body of photographs called “Alta Moda” (high fashion), featuring Andean people in traditional and festive dress, is currently on display in Testino’s cultural institution, MATE. For those who can't make it to Peru, a selection is viewable on the Art Project.
Visitors to the Google Art Project can browse works by the artist’s name, the artwork, the type of art, the museum, the country, collections and the time period.