This week Google unveiled some new details about how they are and plan to capture paintings of the world’s most famous paintings in just minutes.
They revealed that they do this with their new Google Art Camera system, which they have been placing in various museums around the globe, all in an effort to capture the fine details of glorious artwork from the world’s collection.
So far the Art Camera has already captured more than 1,000 works of art, all of which is now accessible in the Google catalogue and allows you to zoom right into the photos to see every individual stroke.
The Google Cultural Institute explains more:
Meet the new Art Camera by the Google Cultural Institute — a custom-built camera ready to travel around the world to bring people more of ultra-high-resolution ‘gigapixel’ images than ever possible before. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was among the first to use the Art Camera to digitize a series of artworks, including the Portrait of Armand Roulin by Van Gogh.
A gigapixel image is made of over one billion pixels, and can bring out details invisible to the naked eye. So creating digital images in such high resolution is a complex technical challenge. You need time, highly specialized and expensive equipment, and only a few people in the world can do the job. In the first five years of the Google Cultural Institute, we’ve been able to share about 200 gigapixel images. But we want to do much more. That’s why we developed the Art Camera.
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