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Getty Museum Contributes 3,325 Artworks to Google Art Project

Van Gogh’s Irises is now available for your personal art collection, along with Turner’s Modern Rome, Rembrandt’s The Abduction of Europa, and over 3,000 more artworks from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

We’re excited to join 134 other museums, from the White House to the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, newly included in Google Art Project, a free online cornucopia of world art where you can meander the galleries of great museums, zoom in on 30,000 artworks, and build your own collection.

The J. Paul Getty Museum on Google Art Project

Browse 3,325 artworks from the J. Paul Getty Museum, explore the galleries of the Getty Center, and make your own collection from museums around the world on Google Art Project.

The virtual Getty features 3,325 objects, among the most of any museum on Google Art Project. You can learn more about each work and zoom in on high-res images we shared for the project, then group them into galleries around your interests—music, reading, and dogs, for example.

You can also glide through the Getty Center’s galleries in a virtual tour captured by Google’s street-view trolley, a wheeled camera that looks like a hipster ice cream cart but serves up artistic goodies instead of edible ones. The museum-view experience of the paintings galleries features clickable “floating labels” that invite you to explore the history and meaning of each artwork, listen to audio commentary, and locate its origin on a map.

And don’t miss Rembrandt’s The Abduction of Europa in a gigapixel image, which lets you crawl over the painting’s deeply textured surface in astounding detail—closer than you could with your naked eye. (A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Rembrandt photo shoot here.) An encounter with art’s physicality, delivered in pixels.

Explore a gigapixel image of Rembrandt's The Abduction of Europa on Google Art Project

Explore an ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's 1632 painting The Abduction of Europa created by Google for Art Project.

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  1. Jack
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    3,224 of these images created by JPGM Imaging Services.

    • Annelisa Stephan
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Hi-res images of 3,324 artworks were contributed by the Getty Museum and created by our amazing in-house Imaging Services team. The gigapixel image of the 3,325th work, Rembrandt’s The Abduction of Europa, was created by Google when the Art Project team visited the Getty.

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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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