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The AGO joins the Google Art Project

The Art Gallery of Ontario becomes the first Canadian gallery to showcase its collection using Google's online service.

A screenshot of the AGO's Daedalus And Icarus, by Anthony van Dyck, as it appears in the Google Art Project interface.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has become the first Canadian museum to be added to the Google Art Project, which is a kind of online gallery that allows visitors to view and zoom-in on high-resolution images of art objects. The AGO’s involvement in the project was announced earlier today. You can check out items from the gallery’s collection through the Google Art Project’s portal, here.

The Google Art Project has been in business for a little over a year, and has already logged almost 20 million visitors. The AGO was added as part of phase two of the project, during which Google is looking to add nearly 100 museums from 35 countries around the world. The AGO has provided 50 high-quality photos to the online collection, which currently consists of 30,000 images from 151 partners in 40 countries around the world.

Wendy Rozeluk, a Google spokesperson, says the company hopes to make fine art more accessible, both to enthusiasts and to teachers.

CORRECTION: April 3, 11:30 A.M. This article originally misspelled Wendy Rozeluk’s name, but has now been corrected.

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