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Google Assembles Every Vermeer Artwork In The World Into One Digital Museum
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Dec 2018
Screenshot via Google Arts & Culture
There are only 36 artworks that are widely recognized to be the creations of painter Johannes Vermeer—reputed for his peaceful depictions of Dutch domestic life—but the paintings are scattered all over the world, and art lovers would have to travel from destination to destination to admire them for free.
Now, anyone can enjoy Vermeer’s works, including the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring no matter where they are. With the assistance of 18 museums and private collections, Google Arts & Culture has built a virtual museum showcasing all of his paintings.
Best accessed through augmented reality using a camera-equipped smartphone, the new Vermeer museum contains seven “rooms” displaying high-resolution images that have been so kindly provided by the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Rijksmuseum, the Louvre, the Frick Collection and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Browsing from your desktop instead? Fret not, the exhibition is still accessible on computer screens, but will be laid out through panoramic images instead.
Some of the masterpieces are too fragile to be transported across borders, but now, you can view them all in one place. Have a tour of the virtual museum below, and learn more about the artworks here.
[via The New York Times, cover image via Google Arts & Culture]
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