Russia’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts joined the Google Art Project, an online depository of visual arts from the world’s leading museums and galleries, the museum’s chiefs announced on Tuesday.
Specialists made panoramic 360-degree images of 20 museum halls using the technology similar to that used in the Google Street View project.
Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto)’s “Bucentaur's Return to the Pier by the Palazzo Ducale” (1727-1729) from the museum's collection was chosen for high-resolution scanning for the project.
Google Art Project, offering a virtual tour around world’s top museums, was launched about a year ago. This year more than 150 museums and organizations from 40 states have joined the project with more than 30,000 artworks in digital format.
Partners in the project include The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Britain, Palace of Versailles, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Russia’s Tretyakov Gallery and The Hermitage Museum.