Watercolour - Night with her Train of Stars by Edward Robert Hughes

Birmingham Museums joins Google Art Project

Simon Stephens, 25.03.2013
Over 200 partners now featured on the online art platform
Birmingham Museums Trust is among the latest cultural organisations to join the Google Art Project.

The Trust has a strong collection of pre-Raphaelite art and has begun by adding 127 works by 17 artists to Google’s site, including Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Holman Hunt.

The Google Art Project now features more than 40,000 high-resolution artworks from 200-plus art institutions in over 40 countries.

Other additions to the online art platform include a project to capture the growing trend of urban art and graffiti in Brazil. More than 100 works from walls, doors and galleries in São Paulo have been photographed and will be included.

The Fundacion MAPFRE in Spain has added over 300 photos from a number of renowned photographers, including Graciela Iturbide’s black and white images of indigenous Mexican culture inspired by themes of ritual, death and feminism.

The Google Art Project was launched in February 2011 with 17 museums onboard, including the Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The project is part of the Google Cultural Institute, which aims to preserve and promote culture online.

Google is still looking for more collections and partners.