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15 Jan

Virtual Tour of Art Masterpieces

by launch-admin Jan 15, 2009 0 Uncategorized

GETTING a close-up view of Las Meninas, an intriguing portrait by the 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, used to require a trip to the Prado museum in Madrid. Not any more.

For the first time, the Google Earth mapping program has been adapted to allow armchair art lovers to “fly” to a world-famous museum, drop through the roof and examine the masterpieces on display in almost microscopic detail.

The system, unveiled in Madrid by Google and the Prado, allows users to examine 14 ultra-high-resolution images of work by artists including Velazquez, Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, Titian, El Greco and Rembrandt. Read the full article by Richard Jinman from the SMH here.

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