Art lovers from around the world can now enjoy works on display in Birmingham after the city’s Museums Trust joined the prestigious Google Art Project.
Bringing together world class art from more than 200 major art institutions from over 40 countries, the Google Art Project enables visitors to enjoy more than 40,000 works of art in high resolution.
Birmingham Museums has begun by adding 127 works by 17 artists including Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Holman Hunt.
Birmingham is home to one of the world's finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art and has increased and enriched the Pre-Raphaelite art on Google Art Project for fans to discover and enjoy worldwide. More works from Birmingham Museums’ Pre-Raphaelite collection will be added soon.
Birmingham Museums will add many more works of art in the coming months that will reflect the size and breadth of the city’s significant art collection.
The Google Art Project breaks down the walls between art collections held by different institutions to bring them together on a free online platform where they can be discovered, studied and enjoyed together by people throughout the world.
Simon Cane (Director) said: "Every year visitors from across the world enjoy the city’s fantastic artworks and I’m delighted to say we can now share our collection with an even larger global audience.
“The Google Art Project is a hugely prestigious project and works from Birmingham Museums Trust can now be found alongside many of the most famous works in the world.”
Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of art works of partner museums across the world. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Since then it has continued to grow as more partners sign up to work with the Google Art Project to make their art more accessible to all.
Birmingham Museums’ collections have been Designated as outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance.
List of artists included:
Maxwell Ashby Armfield, John Brett, Rosa Brett, Ford Madox Brown, Kate Elizabeth Bunce, Edward Burne-Jones, Augustus Leopold Egg, Arthur Joseph Gaskin, Edward Robert Hughes William Holman Hunt, Walter Langley, Frederic Leighton, Sidney Harold Meteyard, Alexander Munro, Albert Joseph Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Joseph Edward Southall.