Cincinnati Art Museum partners with Google Art Project

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Art Museum will join over 200 existing online art collections through its partnership with the Google Art Project .

The project is a joint effort between Google and 200-plus acclaimed art partners from more than 40 countries that work to preserve and promote culture online, according to a press release from the art museum.

Google Art Project will photograph and virtually map works of art featured in the Cincinnati Art Museum. This technology will allow people around the world to explore the Art Museum's paintings, sculptures and other museums artifacts in never-before-seen angles and in great detail with the click of a mouse.

Currently, there are 279 works from the Cincinnati Art Museum's collection highlights handbook available on the Google Art site. An additional 129 works from the museum's Cincinnati Wing will also be uploaded and part of the extensive collection online.

"Our mission is to bring people and art together," said Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. "Now, through the partnership with Google Art Project we will also be able to give anyone access to the treasures of the Cincinnati Art Museum regardless of their location."

Officials from the Cincinnati Art Museum say the mission of the project is to encourage educators, students and art enthusiasts to "come experience other great works of art that are offline. This partnership has the potential to increase local tourism and places Cincinnati on par with other global cultural centers."

They also hope the move encourages educators and students to utilize the interactive tool in their classrooms.

"The key goal of Art Project is to provide access to high quality art to anyone through a few clicks of the mouse," Google spokesperson Rob Biederman said. "Google is excited to partner with the Cincinnati Art Museum and showcase the Queen City's art in such an immersive manner to the world."

Visitors to the Google Art Project can browse 40,000 high-resolution objects by the artist's name, the type of art, the museum, the country, collections and the time period. Google+ and its "video hangouts" option are integrated on the site, allowing viewers to invite their friends to look at and discuss their favorite works in a video chat. They can also follow a guided tour from an expert to gain an appreciation of a particular topic or collection.

The Art Project is part of the Google Cultural Institute which is "dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online," according to the press release. The aim is to "increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online."

You can find out additional information about the Cincinnati Art Museum by visiting the following link: http://ow.ly/jPEjl .

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