Google's product modus operandi: release, collect, enhance. When Google released the Art Project last year there were 17 museums in nine countries involved.
They then collected data and ideas from art-world celebrants and experts. Today, Google has enhanced the entire project in a rather grand way: 151 museums in 40 countries. All told, there are 30,000 high-resolution images available for users the world over to study, share and enjoy.
The images include "not just paintings, but sculpture, street art and photographs," according to the official blog.
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The project includes institutions of all sizes and cultures. With Google's new dashboard of products, no less than Google+ of course, the opportunities for people to share and learn is even greater.