Boijmans part of Google Art Project
From today the Google Art Project has been expanded within the Netherlands. Google is working in partnership with several Dutch museums. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the new partners and is showing highlights from the collection via the Art Project.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the new participants in the Google Art Project. Together with the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Boijmans is making part of its collection available online via the Art Project. With this new project, Google intends to make culture accessible to the broadest possible audience. Sjarel Ex, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: ‘We are proud to be part of the select group of museums in the Google Art Project. Now more people around the world can enjoy the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.’
30,000 works of art
The partnership between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Google Art Project is part of an extensive international expansion of the project, involving 151 partners in 40 countries. In total more than 30,000 art works can be viewed online in high resolution. Google offers art lovers the opportunity to discover a wide range of art works – from paintings and sculptures to street art and photos – at the click of a mouse.
The project includes 112 works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. You can zoom in on details of works by Bosch, Cézanne, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Rubens. Masterpieces such as the anonymous Norfolk Triptych, Van Eyck’s ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ currently in restoration, ‘The Tower of Babel’ by Bruegel, and Rembrandt’s ‘Titus at his Desk’ are available on line via the Art Project from today.
Most important functions
The integrated search function allows users to browse collections and find exactly what they are looking for. Users can search by artist’s name, type of art, museum, country, collection and period. The website incorporates a variety of applications allowing users to create their own galleries. The site enables users to click on works and explore more about them and view them in high resolution.
The art works represent a broad range of cultures and civilisations. In addition to the collections of the Dutch museums, visitors can enjoy Brazilian graffiti, Islamic decorative art and ancient African rock carvings. The project includes some unlikely locations, such as Barack Obama’s office in the White House and the rooms of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
Via its own online platforms, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents not only texts and visual representations of the collection, but also videos about the works of art. You can visit the online collection at collectie.boijmans.nl and the museum’s online video channel at arttube.boijmans.nl.
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