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Google Arts & Culture app is an art lover’s dream

AUG 2, 2016 | By Nishita Fiji
Do you enjoy long evenings spent musing in museums? Do you love whiling away aeons pondering over paintings? The newly launched Google Arts & Culture app lets you do all this for no cost at all.
A revolutionary application for art and history fanatics, it allows users access to over 1,000 museums from 70 countries across the globe. Now available for free download on both Android and iOS, the app features a ton of artifacts, archives and other work from various organisations that have partnered with Google Cultural Institute.
One of its many impressive features includes the 360 degree panoramic tour that allows you to virtually move around various sites and take a look at the area in its entirety, almost as if you were really there. You can also zoom into creations to look at them at brushstroke-level detail. When physically present in selected museums (London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC), you can simply point your phone at a specific artwork and the app’s Art Recognizer feature will provide you will all the information you need about it.
India is one of the 70 countries the app covers, partnering with several Indian museums and galleries such as Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. We particularly love the fact that users can also explore other Indian sites such as the Taj Mahal, Hampi and Purana Qila.
We think that its daily roundup of current happenings make it that extra bit noteworthy. If we had to simply define it: the app is an encyclopedia of sorts not only for being a bank of spectacular images but also a repository to read articles on unusual subjects in art.
Website: www.google.com/culturalinstitute
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