Google is creating Gigapixel images of renowned artworks for all enjoy on the small screen

The days of awkwardness at the art gallery will soon be behind us. The unfortunate instances where art-lovers peer into paintings, braving the gallery security and barriers will soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to the Art Camera by Google Cultural Institute. The camera with its gigapixel image capture will make examining even the finest brush strokes a breeze. No more leaning into frames to figure out what that little arch is. You can now simply shoot the piece of art with this camera and zoom into it many times to appreciate every brush stroke. This could be the renaissance equivalent of holding a magnifying glass to your eye to truly appreciate art.

They say the mood and personality of the author could be defined by the strokes of the brush. The custom built Art Camera captures just this and more such as hidden signatures and old artistic Easter eggs. The camera has presently captured 1,000 pieces of art from around the world. Presently, the camera only captures flat 2D images but we can expect more innovations and enhancements to come up in the future.
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