Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Visit the Uffizi. Right now.

As part of its aim of world domination, Google has now decided to take on art collections with its Google Art Project, using its own street view technology and cloud computing. The Italian museum selected for entry is the Uffizi. There are sixteen other major sites (for now), including the Hermitage, the Palace of Versailles, the Rijksmuseum, the National Gallery London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. Plenty of Italian art in those venues, I can tell you.

This is not just another museum site, folks. It's something newer and better, and rather exciting. I strongly advise everyone who is interested to go to their informational page first, which is right here, and see the brief how-to video. The site can be a very useful tool to prepare for your forays to see great art, and avoid succumbing to Stendhal syndrome.

(In the picture, Bacchus drinking a bodacious glass of wine in the Uffizi- see him in high resolution and detail without going to Florence)