Searching for Art
Want to see and experience art in the museum setting, but don’t have the time or money to travel the world? Google has got you covered! While you’ve been able to view art from Google Maps Street View for awhile now, they recently added the ability to “see information appear on the walls alongside paintings. From there, you can click on these annotations to view more information about that specific work”. The Google Arts and Culture team and Google Search engineers joined forces “to improve how [their] systems understand and recognize artworks, the places you can see them in person, the artists who made them, the materials they used, the art period they belong to and the connections among all these”.
Additionally, now when users search for “the names of certain artists, specific works, or art movements, a new panel will appear in search results that shows helpful tidbits such as museums where the work is currently on display or high-resolution images of certain pieces.” Now people searching for art via desktop or mobile can learn and experience visual art in a much more up close and personal way from the Internet, yet can still see art in the museum it is shown in at that time.
Easier access to art is important because, according to Google, there are over 500 million art-related searches on their site each month! Exposure to the arts not only brings about a wider worldview, but also helps creativity, and now it’s simpler than ever to see visual arts from the comfort of your home. While the in-person museum experience does have obvious benefits, now people can learn and see pieces of art in high quality anytime they want to!