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The Google Art Project – Through an Art Critic’s Eye

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 12 February 2011


Fragment of Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ at the Uffizi Museum as seen on the Google Art Project

image: Uffizi Museum/Google Art Project/The New York Times

The wonderfully perceptive and accomplished art critic Roberta Smith has written an article entitled “The Work of Art in the Age of Google” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the Google Art Project, Google’s most recent step in Webifying the world.  Art Project offers, via an adaptation of Google’s Street View technology, virtual tours of, at the moment, 17 major international art museums, including, ultra-high definition close-ups of some of the works.  It’s not perfect, but it is really quite amazing, and it does offer the opportunity to art-lovers near or far to spend some quality time quietly contemplating some beautiful work, ranging from Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to Chris Ofili’s “No Woman, No Cry” at the Tate Modern, and many others.

An absolute must.  It’s that simple.

Link to the Google Art Project, here.

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Self-Portrait Of The Artist IRL? Van Eyck, Durer, Tracy Emin, Facebook?

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 October 2009

Elizabeth Lowry (The Bellini Madonna; 2009; Quercus; Guardian review by Gregory Norminton), in The Times Literary Supplement of The Times (online), offers us “Full Disclosure – From Tintoretto to Tracy Emin – a history of artists looking at themselves”, a very well-written review of the recent “A Face to the World – On Self-Portraits” by Laura Cumming (Harper Press), an informed and somewhat irreverant critical survey of self-portrature, from Jan Van Eyck to, well, Tracy Emin and including, among others, Albrecht Durer (of course), Vincent Van Gogh (unavoidably), Courbet, Rothko…

Both Lowry’s review and Cumming’s book are a reader’s pleasure:  Well-crafted, thoughtful, informative, and very enjoyable.  A wonderful opportunity to re-evaluate one’s own self-images afloat in the social sea of Facebook and co.

Additional reviews of “A Face to the World – On self-portraits” by Laura Cumming

“…delightful book inspired by genuine insights…”, Serena Davies, in the Telegraph (online)

“…a fascinating and intriguing book. And a surprisingly joyful, uplifting read.”, Fisun Guner, in NewStatesman (online)

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