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Ateneum joins Google Art project

Cameras from Google’s Art project are capturing the collection at Helsinki’s Ateneum gallery. Works from the museum will soon be available for art lovers worldwide to view via the project website.

Taideteosta kuvataan Google Art -sivustolle.
Ateneum’s collection includes art by Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg. Image: Yle

The Google Art project allows users to experience artworks from 184 museums, palaces and galleries all over the world. It provides access to more than 35,000 paintings, statues, sculptures, photography and other works of art in participating collections.

The service also offers some of the atmosphere of participating venues via the ‘Museum View’ option, which allows virtual visitors to enter the galleries and spaces around the artworks via a version of Google’s Street View service.

Google has already signed up world class attractions like the Versailles palace in France, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Acropolis museum in Athens and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More than 20 million people have used the service since it started in 2011.

Useful educational tool

The service utilizes so-called ‘gigapixel’ technology to take users even closer to some paintings and artworks than they would get if they visited the exhibition in person. Nearly 50 artworks have been captured using this technology so far.

Ateneum director Maija Tanninen-Mattila says that the museum views Google Art from an educational standpoint, and that she believes it is an excellent way to offer art to those who would not otherwise visit the museum.

Ateneum will not be the first Finnish museum in the Google Art project. That honour goes to the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) museum in Tapiola.

The Google Art project can be found here.

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