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Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System

Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System

Working with museums around the world, Google has used its Art Camera system to capture the finest details of artworks from their collection. In its first five years, the Google Cultural Institute scanned and archived 200 works of art in super-high-resolution gigapixel images. Now in just the past few months, it has managed to scan another 1,000. Zooming into these images is the closest thing to walking up to the real thing with a magnifying glass.

Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System
Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System

New Art Camera is actually a custom-built camera ready to travel around the world to bring people more of these ultra-high-resolution images than ever possible before. A robotic system steers the camera automatically from detail to detail, taking hundreds of high resolution close-ups of the painting. To make sure the focus is right on each brush stroke, it’s equipped with a laser and a sonar that – much like a bat – uses high frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork.

Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System
Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System

Once each detail is captured, the software takes the thousands of close-up shots and, like a jigsaw, stitches the pieces together into one single image.
The new scans are available at the Cultural Institute’s website. Among them, you’ll find works from Monet, O’Keeffe, and Van Gogh, alongside other well-known names.

Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System
Zoom Through 1,000 Artworks Thanks To Google Art Camera System

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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