I love to research artists on Pinterest and online, but what I find is limited to what others have uploaded which can be frustrating when looking for quality examples by specific artists. Other artists have mentioned the limitations of finding art images online. Few seem to know about a couple of comprehensive resources for finding and viewing art online–Google Art Project and Wikipediart.
What is the Google Art Project?
The Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by their museum partners, users can explore a range of artworks at brush stroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share.
Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in, but now many more can enjoy over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings and explore over 150 collections from 40 countries, all in one place. We’re lucky that Google has the technology to make this kind of project a reality.
In addition to the incredible artwork from collections around the world, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts, there is a wealth of additional material such as expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, and detailed information to provide an invaluable range of content for visitors.
Simply select a museum from the homepage and then either choose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’. Once you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums. You can also create and share your own collections online.
Wikipediart is a collection of art blogs for your to explore and review. Artists can easily create their own free simple blog to share their artwork and artist news on the Wikipediart site. Navigating Wikipedia art is similar StumbleUpon–you click a button at upper left to view the next blog. There is also a Wikipedia Art Shop that opened on May 6, 2012. One artist set up an Ebay + Wikipedia Art Shop and sent me the link. Very few artists are aware of this new free resource to promote their art. In fact, it seems a bit dead there. But you can be one of the first to start livening things up by adding your art in a blog or as part of the art shop.