Virtual Museum Vermeer opened Google

Now, to see and compare all 36 paintings of the cult Dutchman, you do not need to go around the whole world.Jan Vermeer, the famous singer of the quiet beauty of Dutch life, was not a prolific artist: only 36 paintings are widely recognized for his works. But those who wanted to see them all, had to make a trip around the world - to New York, London, Paris, and so on. But now the need for this has disappeared. The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, owning, perhaps, Vermeer's most famous masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring, in conjunction with Google Arts & Culture, created an application based on augmented reality technology. It contains a virtual museum, where all the works of the artist.Pictures by Jan Vermeer on Google Arts & Culture Images of the five masterpieces for this application were sent by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, four each by the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, three by the Frick Collection and two by the Louvre. The Isabella Museum, Stuart Gardner in Boston, shared a photo of The Concert, which was kidnapped in 1990. Now this picture will appear in the virtual museum of the Meet Vermeer application. Starting on Monday, December 10, the free app will be available to anyone who has a smartphone with a camera.

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.

It is believed that Vermeer - a somewhat mysterious artist who lived and worked in Delft - for nearly two decades of his career, he created about 45 paintings. Some are listed as missing and, in addition to the 36 works that most experts have recognized as originals, a number of works are attributed to him. But while the discussion of authorship continues, it is decided not to include them in this virtual museum.
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