Let me preface this post by saying that I am by no means an art buff. I probably couldn't tell you a Manet from a Monet, but Yun and I are art enthusiasts who enjoy checking out museums when we get the chance. So, to my great surprise, and as a result of my continuing effort to watch every TED Talk out there, I stumbled upon a presentation by Amit Sood of Google this weekend, and learned about the Google Art Project, which will make accessing some of the world's best museums a little easier (as long as you have an internet connection).
As I've mentioned previously, I'm a big Google fan. They create so many useful products and services that we use on a daily basis and most of them are free! My only "complaint" about the company is that they're doing so many different things that it's often difficult to keep up when they launch something really cool, like the Art Project. Google's new tool makes it possible for us to see over 1,000 works of art by taking a virtual tour through many (17) of the top museums around the world, including some biggies like the Tate (London), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), and The Met (NYC). Admittedly, seeing art online isn't the same as being there in person, but it's a great alternative if you don't have any frequent flyer miles lying around. Plus, using their Street View technology, the Art Project is actually able to display the works in super high-resolution. In any case, I encourage you to watch Amit Sood's presentation and then click here and check it out, I think you'll agree that Google has given us something pretty cool. - K