Would you like to go on a free tour of the world’s biggest art museums (save for the cost of your internet service)? To visit a “museum without walls” from New York to Seoul, Paris to Moscow, Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, where you may view numerous paintings, sculptures, photography, decorative arts, and other media while being led by art experts?
For today’s art museums, from the oldest to the most cutting-edge collections, time and creativity are increasingly being invested in establishing websites for virtual visitors like you.
Here’s a rundown of the various art museum websites you can visit.
THE PROJECT OF GOOGLE ART. The Google Art Project has been offering online access to art museums throughout the world since February 2011, growing from 17 to over 180 (and counting) venues. The Phillips Collection, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Istanbul Museum of Art are just a few of the recent additions.
MUSEUMS OF SUPERIOR QUALITY. Among the “giant” museums are the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Prado and the State Hermitage Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, houses thousands of works of art in a range of mediums that span centuries of art history, from ancient Egypt to the current era. Its galleries feature art from Europe, America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Special collections of clothes, furniture, armour, and musical instruments are also on display at the museum.
Extensive online collections with bright photographs and full information are frequently available on super museum websites. Current exhibitions are featured, as well as information about previous and forthcoming exhibitions. Additionally, unique elements such as movies, podcasts, blogs, social media, and virtual tours are accessible to provide instructive and engaging opportunities.
More super museums can be found by searching for “world’s most frequented art museums.”
OWNING ONE’S OWN MUSEUM. Are you a Van Gogh fan? The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is home to the world’s largest collection of his works. Its website is a wonderful resource for Van Gogh’s paintings, drawings, and letters, as well as a timeline of his career’s major eras. Alternatively, you might look at the websites of museums dedicated to specific artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, and Norman Rockwell.
MUSEUMS WITH A UNIQUE PURPOSE. Some museums concentrate on a single art style or period. You might want to look into the websites of the three museums listed below.
Treasures of the Impressionists The Musee d’Orsay, housed in a restored Beaux Arts train station in Paris, is the world’s largest and best-known museum dedicated to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Its one-of-a-kind website features over 800 masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and a long list of other important artists of the time.
Italy’s Brilliant Mind. Florence was one of the Renaissance’s birthplaces, and its Uffizi Gallery has the world’s most comprehensive collection of Renaissance art (including Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus and Primavera). On the Google Art Project, you may also look through practically every gallery.
The Acropolis from within. The new Acropolis Museum (which opened in 2009) houses some of the most stunning sculptures in Western art; visit the museum’s website and the Google Art Project to see them in virtual reality.
COLLECTORS MASTERS. On the websites of the following art museums, you can learn about the best of the great collectors and their ideals of art: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a palace of art built by American heiress Gardner in her hometown of Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum, which introduces you to the oil billionaire’s priceless collections at two locations, the Los Angeles centre and the Getty Villa decorated with ancient Greek and Roman art in Malibu; and The Frick Collection, the elegant Fifth Avenue mansion of 19th century mogul Henry Clay Frick, with galleries of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other renowned European artists.
MUSEUMS, M Solomon R. Guggenheim had been deceased for a decade when the first Guggenheim Museum, created by architectural pioneer Frank Lloyd Wright, eventually opened in New York City in 1959. Could he have predicted that four additional art museums bearing his surname would open in Venice (1980), Berlin (1997), Bilbao, Spain (1997), and Abu Dhabi (scheduled to open in 2017)? Take a look at the websites for the Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, and Bilbao; each one includes an overview of its collection as well as photos of the building’s distinctive architecture.
You can also visit the impressive website of the Tate art museum complex in the United Kingdom, which includes the original Tate Britain (1897), Tate Liverpool (1988), Tate St. Ives (1993) in Cornwall, and the most recent addition, Tate Modern, which opened in 2000 just across the Thames River from the Tate Britain.
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. Except for Antarctica, art museums can be found on every continent, from Australia’s Museum of New South Wales to Brazil’s Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, and South Africa’s Iziko South African National Gallery. All of the museums listed above have websites and are Google Art Project participants.