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 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.