Google has partnered with some of the most popular art and cultural institutions in the world to help people learn about famous artworks without getting out of your house.
Governments around the world including the US have asked people to stay at home amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Going to the malls, theaters, sporting events are simply out of the question since all of these activities have been shut down or postponed. While you might want to use this time to binge on your favorite TV shows or other streaming services, here is one activity that you should surely engage in - taking a virtual tour of museums and galleries around the world. Yes, that's right and you do not even need to leave the comfort of your home for this. According to Fast Company, a virtual repository of 500 museums and galleries that one can choose from is all you need during your time of self-quarantine, all thanks to Google.
The tech giant has partnered with some of the most popular art houses and museums around the world such as London’s National Gallery, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art through its page Google Arts And Culture. This is just so that you get to experience some of the world's most renowned artwork and exhibitions. While one can understand that the general mood around the world is gloomy but hey, you can't just think about the negatives all the time right? Get on that virtual tour and spend time learning some really interesting things about that painter you were intrigued by or a gallery you always wanted to visit.
Most of these online and virtual exhibits include a “street view” for a virtual tour inside the museum. You can delve deep into various works that are a part of particular museums. To give you an example one of the most popular artworks in this virtual tour is a piece of work by Dutch post-impressionist painter, Van Gogh's called The Bedroom. All you need to do is click on the Google Arts & Culture website and then click on the work. You will be greeted with a page that not just has a picture of the artwork but also descriptions and an option to view the work as though you are inside the gallery with the street view option.
One can toggle up, down, right or left using this option as if walking inside the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam where the work is originally housed. There are interesting descriptions about this artwork like when it was created in October 1888 by the master painter in Arles, France and other additional inputs such as the 'Letter - Letter Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo' housed in the same museum. Similarly, one can dive deep into knowing about Vermeer’s work housed at the Rijksmuseum also in Amsterdam or the Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi that is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
You can also visit famous The Louvre (that closed down for a while due to the coronavirus outbreak) that has its own virtual tours. Or check out the various collections of the Minneapolis’s Walker Art Museum. If you are new to the world of art but still want to explore, then fret not because Google has got you covered. You can start with this curated list of 10 top virtual museums compiled for those who are confused about where to begin. Like you are interested in one particular artist and would want to know more about the person, his life and work, the website has interesting articles curated just for this purpose.
An example of this is an article called '6 Things You Never Knew About Claude Monet' that has some facts you may not have known about the artist along with his artwork. The page also offers options like visiting particular structures and monuments that you may have never heard or come across like the CST Train Station in Mumbai, India that was designed and completed by the British in 1887.