The Google Cultural Institute has been hard at work digitally preserving works of art from collections around the world in gigapixel images.
The Art Camera uses laser and sonar to measure the distance of the artwork, ensuring perfect focus, then robotically steers the camera exactly where it needs to go to capture every detail in ultra close-up.
Being able to zoom in to the component parts of a painting reveals some of the hidden secrets of its creation, and inspires a deeper emotional connection to the work.
The Art Camera is designed to work wherever a piece of art is displayed, without changing the lighting or needing to move a piece.
One of the Google Cultural Institute s goals with the Art Camera is to bring the museum experience to people everywhere, so anyone has the opportunity to view classic masterpieces with the type of detail not otherwise possible without seeing it in person.
The collection includes work from Cézanne, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, and many others, captured in stunning detail.