Day: March 30, 2013

Joaquín Sorolla’s Strolling along the seashore is one of the masterpieces that can be found at Google Art Project.

The Google Art Project, a website that hosts works of art and makes them accessible to anyone, anywhere and any time, came into being two years ago. Out of the 200 international museums and institutions included on the website, 18 of them are Spanish, with 12 of them having been included just a few days ago. These 12 museums have contributed a total of 731 artworks, representing a wide range of collections that excellently showcase Spain’s culture and artistic heritage to the world.

The latest Spanish museums with works that can be seen on the site are the Mapfre Foundation, the National Museum of Romanticism,National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Cerralbo Museum, the National Sculpture Museum of Valladolid, the Costume Museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, the El Greco Museum, the Sorolla Museum, the Santa Cruz Museum, the National Museum of Roman Art, the Altamira National Museum and Research Centre, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art and the Santander Bank Foundation.

Some of the most interesting artworks recently published by the Google Art Project, include The Ecstasy of Saint Francis of Assisi, by El Greco (Cerralbo Museum in Madrid), A walk on the beach, by Joaquín Sorolla (Sorolla Museum in Madrid), San Sebastián Altarpiece of San Benito by Alonso Berruguete (National Sculpture Museum of Valladolid) and the sculpture of the emperor Augustus (National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida).

People who love culture and art will be able to use the Google Art Project platform – which has over 3.5 million users on Google Plus – to search artists by their names, works or type of art, take a guided tour, comment on each artwork, zoom into each picture to focus on little details in high resolution, and share their favourite works.

This will enable art lovers all over the world to enjoy Spain’s artistic heritage without leaving the comfort of their own homes, and will also encourage many tourists to choose Spain as a cultural destination.

via Google brings Spanish art to millions of Internet users.