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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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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.


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