May 12, 2012
By Roberta Smith from The New York Times
The expanded second iteration of the Google Art Project was unveiled last week. Photo by: Google Art Project/Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
I don’t know how many wonders of the world there are by now, but it is possible that the Google Art Project will someday join the list.
The greatly expanded second iteration of this online compilation of self-selected art museums and artworks was unveiled last week. It makes available images of more than 32,000 works in 31 mediums and materials, from the collections of 151 museums and arts organizations worldwide, forming a broad, deep river of shared information, something like a lavishly illustrated art book fused with high-end open storage.
But world-wonder status will not happen tomorrow. The project has plenty of limitations and some bugs to work out. Numerous important museums have remained aloof, for one thing, including the Louvre, the Prado, the Centre Pompidou, Stedelijk in Amsterdam, Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and every Swiss museum of note.