Google just announced that its Art Project is expanding to cover a more diverse range of mediums. The project aims to bring art to the masses by way of high resolution photography. As apposed to featuring only paintings, the site now contains sculpture, Brazlian street art, and rock art from 151 locations over 40 countries.
When the project first launched last february, it featured 1,000 images from only 17 museums, and that figure is already up to 30,000. Google Art utilizes technology borne from Street View to enable users to take a virtual walk around select museums, and has expanded the program to now cover a total of 46 locations. "Museum View" now includes venues ranging from the White House to the Museum of Islamic art in Qatar, with more promised to follow soon.
"The Art Project is no longer just about the Indian student wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is now also about the American student wanting to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi."
Finally, Google has added + integration, so now you can participate in "hangouts" on the site while talking a virtual tour of your favorite gallery. We've long been fans of what Google is trying to do with the Art Project, and if you haven't seen it before, you really should now — it's a site you can visit again and again.