Posts Tagged 'google'

Houses of Parliament virtual tour

Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour: Central Lobby viewExplore some of the most famous rooms in Parliament and learn more about its fascinating history and present day use. The tour will be part of Google Maps, alongside similar experiences for Buckingham Palace and the White House. Anyone with a virtual reality headset will be able to get an even more immersive experience.

via The Guardian

Google Earth Pro is now free

GoogleEarthGreat news from Google – the Pro version of Google Earth is now free!   Features in Pro that were not in Google Earth include the ability to compute distances and area with built-in measurement tools, and to print high resolution images.

Learn more, and download, here.  When installing, use your email address and the key GEPFREE.   And while you’re exploring the site, have a look at the Maps section and Historical Imagery section.  The sky’s the limit…

Google Art Project expands its Street Art database

Carlos Almaraz, assisted by Guillermo Bejerano. Symbols from Chicano histroy and modern Los Angeles as they relate to architectural history, 4754 Floral Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 1980 (Photo © Robin Dunitz)Google announced this week that they’ve doubled the number of images in the Street Art section of the Google Art Project. This means over 10,000 high-res images contributed from 85 art organizations from 34 countries. The database is browsable by collection, artist, works of art, or user galleries, but you can also listen to audio tours or go through online exhibitions on their Blog.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 years later

Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumIn the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art. To revisit this unfortunate anniversary, the Gardner Museum has teamed up with the Google Art Project to create Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Thirteen Works that explains and explores the effects the theft had, and continues to have, on the Museum. Make sure to view the slideshow full screen and browse among images of the stolen objects and accompanying documentation.

h/t Patti McRae Baley

Architecture books now free online

VitruviusDesignAnalysisStatistics show that an ever increasing number of people are choosing to read books on a device rather than in print form. In that vein, you can now read these classic works of architectural literature for free online from sources like Internet Archive and Google Books.

via ArchDaily

Another Google Art initiative

GoogleGoogle has recently unveiled Google Open Gallery, created as part of the Google Cultural Institute.  It allows users to create online exhibitions, in the manner of Omeka.   It is targeted at museums and galleries, and has already partnered with the Getty and LACMA; however some of the sample galleries on their site have been created by artists, collectors, and fans, and it clearly has value for classroom projects.  In addition to allowing users to create online curated collections, it offers enhancements such as image zoom and term search features.

Read more about the initiative in the LA Times.

Newly restored & digitized Catacombs of Priscilla

Fresco detail from the Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman, Catacomb of Priscilla, Via Salaria, Rome

The Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome have been closed for a five-year restoration, but it was worth the wait. Most articles announcing the unveiling include a photo gallery/slide show showing details of the restoration. Better still: visit Catacombe di Priscilla in Google Maps, where you experience the site courtesy of Street View.

The most discussed topic from the restoration concerns the restored frescoes in a room known as the Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman, which depict “the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to show women priests in the early Christian church.” Another interesting observation: “She wears what the catacombs’ Italian website calls ‘a rich liturgical garment’. The word ‘liturgical’ does not appear in the English version.”

via ABC News and Yahoo; h/t Heather Seneff


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