January is Los Angeles Arts Month and everyone is encouraged to go out and explore the city’s vast and impressive cultural offerings. See a show. Explore the museums. Hit up a gallery opening!
But maybe you’re still wanting more. More art. More museums. Closer looks. Detailed information.
Thanks to the Google Art Project you can explore over 30,000 works of art from 151 museums across 40 countries - without leaving the couch. The site is searchable by collection, artist, or medium and has 46 virtual museum walking tours, including the White House and our local Getty Museum. The images are high resolution, allowing users to zoom in for impressive views. With no annoying security rope to hold you back, you can now see the individual brushstrokes in that Monet painting you saw during your last visit to LACMA.
By signing into your Google account, you can save images to private galleries and browse other users’ collections. Not only does the Google Art Project provide a platform for discovery and personal curation, it offers ample opportunities for learning and research. Van Gogh’s three famous bedroom paintings currently reside in museums located in Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam. Now you can look at three high definition images of each painting side by side for easy comparison and research. There is also an Education section where you can learn enough to Look Like an Expert or get creative in the DIY section.
Check out the video below and head on over to Google Art Project to explore and be inspired!
(Want more? Check out our library guide to finding visual inspiration, both within our collections and out there on the web.)