BY THE ART FANATIC
POSTED JANUARY 27, 2009
I visited a museum in spain today. What is very neat is that I reside in North America and did not need to fly there! Yes, the incredible minds of the workers at Google have made it possible to use Google Earth and travel to historic and treasured places around the world.
This satellite imaging tool was credited with helping adversaries of the Iraq War be successful by giving real time access of sensitive information to the wrong element,when first introduced. What started as real time visual became pictures stored on a database. It is a useful tool if you would like to see what your own backyard looked like months ago, but it is not very interesting for daily exploration.
Now Google Earth has reemerged as a flight of discovery and today I took that flight to the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain. The Prado has some of the worlds largest paintings within its collection and more than 1,300 are on display. The fourteen masterpieces chosen for the Google Earth tour of the Prado offer an incredible look at how art, history and technology have merged in the 21st century.
On display in high definition are:
Artemis"Rembrandt Self Portrait"Albrecht Drer The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid " Goya The Nobleman with his Hand on His Chest " El Greco The Cardinal " Raphael Descent from the Cross " Roger Van der Weyden Emperor Carlos V on Horseback " Titian The Garden of Earthly Delights " Hieronymus Bosch Jacobs Dream " Jos de Ribera Inmaculada Concepcin" Giambattista Tiepolo The Annunciation " Fra Angelico Crucifixion " Juan de Flandes Las Meninas -- Diego Rodrguez de Silva y Velzquez The Three Graces " Peter Paul Rubens
oogle earth offers dynamic and amazing views on many different levels. Checking out the Prado was great. I was at my destination in mere seconds, and I did not have to waste any time waiting in lines In a real museum the visitor stands far away from the exhibit, but I was so close to the picture I could examine each and every stroke of the brush and crack on the canvas. Captured at high resolution, I saw the littlest parts of The Cardinal's Face, and the hidden pieces of the Garden of Earthly Delights. I can come back at any time, today, tomorrow or next week and make new discoveries over and over again.
A virtual tour can never replace the feeling of visiting a museum in person. To digitally capture art requires incredible effort but is worth the results of allowing everyone else to be able to enjoy them in the future. Learn all about the artist and their work from a new and different point of view. It will offer art and culture to all even if just a few enjoy it. Other people will try to get more. Inspired by the joy they see online, some people go to see the originals in real life. People that work hard and accomplish the right things become symbols for future generations to enjoy. Infinite accessability to art will only aid in advancing humanity. It is a possibility they only will write down the failures.