Google Blog: An art gallery in your pocket: See Vermeer’s paintings in augmented reality. “…now, you can experience all of Vermeer’s known artworks in one place for the first time. Thanks to the Mauritshuis museum in the Netherlands and other cultural institutions guarding Vermeer’s legacy, they’re available in Pocket Gallery, a brand new feature on the Google Arts & Culture app. Pocket Gallery uses augmented reality, so you can pull out your phone and step into a virtual exhibition space to see all of his works, curated by experts from the Mauritshuis. All 36 of his paintings—including the missing masterpiece and the famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’—hang lifesize and perfectly lit. As you step closer, you’ll see each painting in stunning detail and can learn more about each piece.”
Google Blog: HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday: Art, Culture, Heritage. “On the occasion of The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday on November 14th, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with Clarence House and ten charities connected to The Prince to unveil a new online initiative that documents The Prince’s extraordinary life and support for art and cultural heritage in Britain and around the world. With input and insights from The Royal Collection Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, Turquoise Mountain Trust and The Royal Drawing School among others, The Charities of The Prince of Wales provides unique and exclusive access to many of the curators, custodians and artists associated with The Prince of Wales.” I can’t quote everything mentioned in this blog post. It’s extensive.
Google Blog: Next Junction: Explore Indian Railways with Google Arts & Culture. “Over 151,000 kilometres of track, 7,000 stations, 1.3 million employees and 160 years of history. Indian Railways is one of the most celebrated railway networks in the world. A few months ago, we celebrated the 400th Indian train station connecting to the internet with Google Station, our public Wi-Fi program. Today, we’re bringing Indian Railways’ heritage and sights to the entire world. The most gorgeous architecture, iconic trains and charismatic personalities of Indian Railways can now be found on Google Arts & Culture.”
Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality. “Today, on the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture have teamed up to bring visitors into the orbiter like never before. Two of the astronauts who helped deliver Hubble to orbit as part of STS-31—Maj Gen Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan—take us on a 360 journey inside Discovery at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.”
Nerdvana: The Strong Museum announces wargaming online exhibit. “The Strong museum (home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame) has launched an online exhibit with Google Arts and Culture exploring the history of Wargaming, the Cyprus-based developer of World of Tanks and other free-to-play games.”
Google Blog: For Louis Armstrong’s birthday we tune in to ‘Tiger Rag’ on a Gramophone. “To mark the birthday of Louis Armstrong 117 years ago, Google Arts & Culture and the record label Deutsche Grammophon teamed up to restore and digitize phonograph records like ‘Tiger Rag’ from the label’s archive, and to tell the story of Emile Berliner, who invented the grammophon player and records that brought the music of Armstrong and many other artists to the masses.”
Rhinegold: New partnership for RPO and Google Arts & Culture. “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Google Arts & Culture have launched a new project to bring some of the orchestra’s content online. Visitors to the Google Arts & Culture website will be able to explore the RPO and its music through exclusive interviews, features and performance highlights.”