Spain’s Prado Museum Teams Up With Google Earth

The two have been working on a project that allows people to zoom in on the gallery’s main paintings. This is the first of its kind involving an art museum. The project involves 14 of the Prado’s best paintings, including Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Francisco de Goya’s Third of May and Peter Paul Rubens’ The Three Graces and you can zoom in on details not normally seen with the human eye. Google Spain says the images on the internet were 1,400 times clearer than what would be rendered with a 10-megapixel camera. 8,200 photographs were taken of the paintings and then combined with Google Earth’s zoom-in technology. You can see the images by going to Google, and downloading Google Earth software, type in Prado Museum in the search engine. Once the museum zooms into focus, click on the square with the name of the museum.

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