Museums from all around the world are being digitized via the Google Cultural Institute. The project previously allowed users to navigate through museums using Street View. All artwork and statues were presented two-dimensionally in the form of high-resolution photographs. Google is now adding a new feature that will initially contain 300 3D scans of objects from six museums around the world.
The six museums participating in this pilot project are the California Academy of Science, the Museo d’Arte Orientale, the Israel Museum, the Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
The new online 3D collection will mostly feature small objects because they are more convenient and easier to scan. Everything is rendered in WebGL so you do not have to download a plug-in to view them. The collection is not limited to standard artwork either. It contains everything from paintings, masks, skeletons, and statues.
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