The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya has joined the long list of museums all over the world that are taking part in the Google Art Project. In its second phase, this project has been enlarged from 1,000 to 30,000 high-resolution digitalised objects and from 17 to 151 museums. What's more, the Street View images now include 46 museums and this figure will continue to grow.
On a technical level, the Art Project platform has developed a series of tools under the "Explore and discover" menu, with which users can quickly and easily search for works in all the museums by period, artist or style.
Amongst the novelties that have been added is the function for 'creating an art collection', with which you can choose from the 30,000 works and create your own personal collection for saving and sharing.
The MNAC like you never saw it before
The Google platform for the MNAC provides a virtual visit of practically the whole of the Palau Nacional. More than 4,500 360º images have been made of the interior of the exhibition rooms, the Oval Hall and the Dome Room, allowing smooth navigation all round the Museum thanks to the Street View tool.
On the visit, users will find 1464 of the works in the MNAC's collections digitalised in high resolution and set in their real emplacement. Some of them have been photographed with an extraordinary degree of precision, showing up little details that are not visible to the naked eye. In this respect, the giga-photo of Bernat Martorell's Retable of Saint Vincent the Martyr and the photograph of Zurbarán's Immaculate Conception stand out.
In addition, more than 70 videos of the MNAC have been included with complementary information for observation of the works and explanations adapted for the hard of hearing.