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Greek museums post art online

- by Jeremy Guest

Greek museums post art displays online.

Visitors to Greece and those on a a visit to the Greek islands often take time off from sunning on the beach to look at the ancient art of Greece. Now the online search company Google is extending its online art collection to include ancient objects from three Greek museums including the Museum of Acropolis, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Benaki Museum.

Greek art and paintings now feature in the Google Art Project which offers a virtual online presentation of thousands of museum exhibits from around the world.

The recently expanded version of the Google Art Project now includes exhibits from more than 150 museums across 40 countries. Visual tours of 46 museums are now available using Google Street View technology.

The Greek Museum of Acropolis agreed to join the project to improve communication channels with the public. Many people on Greek island holidays don't get the chance to view exhibits in real life.

Now they can browse the museum on the internet. The high resolution allows the user to get a full view of the exhibits that are normally only appreciated with a real visit.

Of course, online images are nor the real thing and only those on a holiday to Greece will get to appreciate the works close up but the online experience will allow non visitors to Greece at least a taste of the original works.

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum specialising in findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was opened in 2003 to house every artefact found on and around the the rock of the Acropolis, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

The Museum of Cycladic Art, founded in 1986, is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC.

The Benaki Museum, in Athens, is the oldest private museum in Greece with more than 40,000 exhibits illustrating the Greek world from antiquity to the present day.

Google Art Project was first launched in 2011 with 1,000 works of art from 17 museums in nine countries, including London's Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Uffizi Gallery of Florence and the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam.