Why on Earth should you do that? Isn’t it better to see it for real?
Of course it is.
But it’s impossible to visit Lisbon’ museums and galleries – you also want to enjoy all the other things the city offers. Eventually you have to prioritize your time. And how do you do that?
You have guide books, travel blogs, features in newspapers and magazines ets.
Still you will end up with too many things on you bucket list.
This is where Google’s Art & Culture project enters. It’s an amazing tool to get a layer deeper in the Portuguese art than all other media. The way you can “walk” around Lisbon’s best museums and view their art collections is fantastic. Everything presented in a quality that leaves you thinking: I have to see this for real or OK this can wait to my next Lisbon visit. All thanks to Google’s Camera Technology .
The following spring Helena Martins from Brazil (and more than 10 years with Google on her CV) moved to Portugal to be responsible for the project.
The project was kicked off at WebSummit 2017 – only a few months after Google closed a deal with 20 of Portugal’s most important art and culture institutions (most of them in Lisbon) about the digitalizing the museums collection using Google’s technology and Special Art Camera.
Today Google Art & Culture, Portugal consists of more than 40 museums and institutions, more than 60 ‘stories’ (like guided tours) more than 4,000 works.
Thanks to Google we found our house in Graca. When we saw house with the open space and 2 huge trees behind and it’s view towards Tejo from above (Google Earth) – and then saw the same house from on Google Street view we immediately have to see it.
We do the same when we are searching for beaches – we look from above.
It’s the same technology Google use for Art & Culture. You can either enter a museum (like National Patheon) and walk around inside or you can navigate ‘around’ the art in ways that’s only possible because of the camera.
Take Hieronymus Bosch’s The temptation of St. Anthony. Triptych. I can stay in front of it for ages when I see it at MNAA (National Museum of Ancient Art). But I can spend hours on all it’s details on Google Art & Culture – and return immediately if I want to see it again.
Have a look at these “miserable” screen dumps – aren’t they amazing?
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