Jan Vermeer, "Woman holding scales" (c. 1663). National Gallery of Art, Washington
In real life, all of Vermeer's paintings will never come together. As Emily Gordenker, director of Mauritshuis, explained, some 17th century works are too fragile to travel, some are in private hands, and the scene that belonged to the Gardner Museum has been stolen. But still it is unlikely that all owners will be ready to part with their treasures at the same time. However, 18 museums and private collectors provided the project with digital images in high resolution.
Although there are many famous works on museum sites, Emily Gordenker stated that the application gives an idea of the size of the paintings relative to each other, and this is difficult to convey in a flat picture on the screen.Artist's Workshop (Allegory of Painting) Jan Vermeer1660's, 120 × 100 cmOpening the application, the user sees the museum without a roof. To enter a certain room, you need to touch the screen, put your fingers together and release them. After that, the perspective changes - a person sees walls with framed paintings. Scaling allows you to "approach" each work and carefully study it.
The first hall is dedicated to the earliest works of Vermeer, and the rest of the paintings are divided into topics such as "contemplation", "symbols and allegories" and "faces", known as "touch" (portraits of people with unusual facial expressions or in unusual clothes).Meet Vermeer (“Meet with Vermeer”) is a virtual museum containing images of all authentic paintings by a Dutch artist. On the left is a top view of the galleries in miniature; in the middle - the view of the halls from the inside; on the right - “Girl with a pearl earring” on the wall. Source: Mauritshuis / Google Arts & CultureLaurent Gaveau, director of Google’s Arts and Culture Lab, said this is the first virtual museum, but the company is not developing other similar projects: “We want to first see how people will react to this, and if so, how it can be improved. ”Read also: Good question. Is it true that the earring in the painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is not really a pearl one?A girl with a pearl earring, Jan Vermeer1665, 44.5 × 39 cm In response to skeptical remarks about the fact that with such virtual museums people won't go real, Emily Gordenker objects: native walls. One of the reasons why museum attendance is growing is precisely because we were able to use digital technologies that break down barriers and make us much more accessible. ”Arkhiv: read us in Telegram and see on Instagram
According to The New York Times and the official website of Mauritshuis