I went to numerous museums and looked at incredible paintings, sculptures and architectural masterpieces until my head exploded.
I am an art junkie who enjoys experiencing the world's cultural buffet.
But what if I told you that anyone with an Internet connection could see these treasures - passport and plane ticket not required?
That would be the Google Arts and Culture Project.
I have no idea why Google decided to approach hundreds of museums and cultural institutions, scan thousands of works using state of the art high resolution technology, and then organize the scans in dozens of different funky ways. Was it out of the goodness of their heart? For a tax break? To monetize it in some murky fashion?
I don't care.
I care that I can see:
- twenty three of Frida Kahlo's masterpieces from my desktop.
- over 2,000 Rococo paintings from my smartphone
- 1,073 artifacts from the Watergate Scandal on my tablet
- 600+ items related to Mahatma Gandhi
- Over 1,000 items about Buenos Aires
It feels limitless.
Take a trip.