Google has a new toy named googleartproject and it looks great.
Ever since the search engine made, uhm, searching for stuffs easy, searching for paintings (apologies for the triple - now quadruple – use of the phrase "search" ) became a cinch.
Well, relatively a cinch as sometime it will lists everything under the internet sky (not so brilliant after all, eh, Mr Google?) that you still have to go through a whole lot to get to the one you are looking for.
Being a fan of Vincent (he who cut his earlobe off) Van Gogh, I was excited to see that the Amsterdam Museum is one of the listed few.
It was a mixed experience as nothing beats being there since the 3D rendering is a bit clunky – ala those old days FPS games – so visiting the museum virtually does feel passé at best.
The View Artwork option, though, is another thing altogether and brilliant is certainly an adjective to describe it.
Well into several frames of vibrant colors, I had to force myself to quit the site as it was getting too much of my attention. You really could get lost in the show od detailings.
It really IS the closest you can get to seeing the real thing real time.
Also read from the Edge that googleartproject features some 486 artists’ paintings (sculpture etc).
Am looking forward to some quiet time some time (there I go again!) to start exploring.
TQVM, Google Sir.
At the very least, though, reading this took my mind (and attention) away from some growing histrionics on the country’s mammoth MRT project that’s looking a lot like a “bulldoze first and ask questions later” decision.
Then again, this is what you usually get from consulting the public – grouses.
Did read some glowing, rave comments though, mainly by analysts who think the properties in and around the areas where the new MRT line lie will appreciate in value.
Did they, with hindsight of the now positively Paleolithic LRT, Monorail and Komuter lines?
I think I shall go back to looking at paintings than muddle my mind with this rethorical question.