RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
As NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, the tours go beyond what museums currently offer online.
RICHARD GONZALES: The Art Project is the brainchild of Google employee Amit Sood, who created the site during time allotted by his employer for personal initiatives. He says the tours are made possible using Google's Street View technology.
AMIT SOOD: We have over a thousand artworks from these 17 museums. Over 400 rooms that have been captured in Street View and over 385 artists.
GONZALES: Video cameras mounted on trolleys recorded 360 degree images of selected galleries. Each of the museums allowed one artwork to be photographed with extremely high resolution gigapixel technology.
SOOD: For example, "The Ambassadors" from the National Gallery; you have "No Woman No Cry" from the Tate, and many more. And you can actually get into details that are not visible to the naked eye using this technology.
GONZALES: Richard Gonzales NPR News.
MONTAGNE: And you can find a link to the museums on our website, npr.org.
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