May 17, 2016
Google Cultural Institute announced today the release of an excellent tool called new Art Camera which has the potential to reveal in high resolution the invisible little minute details in the works of some greatest artists. The Art Camera, as Google Cultural Institute stated, ‘is a robotic camera, custom-built to create gigapixel images faster and more easily. A robotic system steers the camera automatically from detail to detail, taking hundreds of high resolution close-ups of the painting. To make sure the focus is right on each brush stroke, it’s equipped with a laser and a sonar that—much like a bat—uses high frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork. Once each detail is captured, our software takes the thousands of close-up shots and, like a jigsaw, stitches the pieces together into one single image.’
Google has already sent a number of these cameras to museums in all around the world allowing them to share ultra-high resolution images of artworks with the global public. The Art Camera has already captured masterpieces of popular artists such as ‘ Pissarro, Signac, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet and many more from museums across Australia, India, the Netherlands, Brazil and everywhere in between.’ Since the introduction of the Art Camera, Google Cultural Institute has already made available over 1000 artworks that can be zoomed and explored in ultra-high resolution. Watch the video below to learn more about this new project.