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View a Van Gogh In Your Living Room
June 13, 2012
by Wesleigh Mowry, graphic designer
When I was a little girl, my favorite time of the week was art class. The elementary school that I went to has been around for a long time—my grandfather actually graduated from high school in the same building!—and the classroom used for art had been a “Home-Ec” room back in the late 1940s. Once a month or so, our teacher would have us sit on the floor on carpet squares (old flooring samples from a local department store) and use a slide projector to show us classic art pieces. I remember learning about Picasso’s cubism, seeing Monet’s Water Lilies and being amused by Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
Since then, I’ve loved looking at art and I especially love art museums. Between field trips during college and traveling overseas, I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of them, including an exhibit of street art at the MoMA in Boston, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and the National Gallery in London. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to afford to go to any museums lately, but I’ve found a great way to get my art fix—the Google Art Project.
The Google Art Project is a collection of high-quality digital art images from more than 150 museums and galleries worldwide; from places as close as the Art Institute of Chicago to as far as the Tokyo National Museum in Japan. And the best part? Just like you can view cities using Google’s “Street View,” you can take virtual tours of the building using “Museum View”!
So if you can’t afford to head to Europe for an art exhibit any time soon, take a rainy afternoon and transport yourself to the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France, or stand before the original Sunflowers painting at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You won’t even have to renew your passport!