A Man Named Amit and a Work of Art

Photo courtesy of Luke X. Martin

Photo courtesy of Luke X. Martin

You consider yourself cultured, traveled, cosmopolitan even. You know the latest designers, authors, restaurants. You have a concierge service on speed dial.

But lately your museum visits have been lacking. Somehow when you’re in NY/London/Florence, the eating and shopping trumps the cultural excursions.

Rest easy, there’s a fix for this. And it’s digital.

Welcome to the Google Art Project, brainchild of Amit Sood. The man who dared to pitch his idea and see it to fruition.

Here’s the lowdown. From the comfort of your couch you can explore museums from around the world, view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

Right now you can move through 17 of the most prominent art galleries in the world, with the option to look more closely at individual art works, including some that are digitized so exhaustively that individual paint strokes and hairline cracks in the surface are visible. We tested this on Van Gogh’s Starry Night and each brush stroke came to life.

As of now, museums include the MOMA in NY, the Tate in London, the Uffizi in Florence and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.¬† To get a close to real feel, you can “walk through” the museums and actually see how the paintings are hung and organized.

So when someone asks you, “Have you seen Botticelli’s Birth of Venus?” You can say yes, kind of.

While we can speak geek as good as the next  jet-setter, we thought hearing from Amit Sood himself would up the wow factor. Take a look:

A preview of your Art Project Experience

Behind the Scenes of the Art Project

Check out the Google Art Project http://www.googleartproject.com/

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