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NMWA Joins the Google Art Project for International Women’s Day

Mar 07 2014

Minute details of works by woman artists brought to life with high-resolution images

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has become a partner with the Google Art Project and is launching 59 high-resolution artworks for International Women’s Day, allowing people worldwide to explore its paintings, sculptures, pastels, rare prints, silver and other artworks by women artists online.

“The Google Art Project is a major endeavor that gives people around the world access to great art in great museums. We are delighted to share women’s artistic achievements with a much broader audience through this online platform,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “It furthers our mission to showcase talent and advocate for equity for women through excellence in the arts. We could not be more proud and pleased to launch our Google Art Project site for International Women’s Day.”

For the Google Art Project, NMWA selected many notable works from the collection, including two prints from Maria Sibylla Merian’s Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam (1719), Berthe Morisot’s painting The Cage (1885), Camille Claudel’s sculpture Young Girl with a Sheaf (1890) and Suzanne Valadon’s painting The Abandoned Doll (1921). The resolution of these images, combined with a custom-built zoom viewer, allows art lovers to discover minute aspects of paintings they may never have seen up close before.

NMWA also chose Rachel Ruysch’s Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s) to be photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ photo capturing technology. The image contains around 7 billion pixels, enabling the viewer to study details of the brushwork and patina beyond that possible with the naked eye, bringing to life hard-to-see details.

Another exciting aspect of the Art Project is the Street View feature, which allows people to move around the gallery virtually, select artworks that interest them, click to discover more and dive into the high resolution images, where available. A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of the interior of selected galleries, which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over 385 rooms within museums around the world.

Funds for new photography related to the Google Art Project were generously provided by NMWA board Trustees Mary V. Mochary and Marcia Carlucci.

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