Run by its Cultural Institute division, the Google Art Project is a resource containing thousands of high-resolution images of famous artworks. The images are of such high resolution that users can zoom in on individual features not otherwise visible.
The Google Art Project also offers museum views for many museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, allowing virtual tours similar to the Streetview feature on Google Maps. Museum collections on Google Art Project also list historical information about each museum or collection. Museums and collections included in Google Art Project vary widely with large institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise secluded collections, such as the White House and far away collections, such as the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.
Google Art Project uses gigapixel photo technology, allowing extreme detail of brushstrokes, varnishes and patinas not even visible to the naked eye. The project also allows users to post comments on each piece of art and allows sharing on social media. Google also offers a side-by-side art comparison feature.
A small dedicated team created the Google Art Project, taking advantage of Google's reach and existing products, such as Picasa. Google offers a Google Chrome extension that displays a new piece of art from Google Art Project on each new tab opened in the browser.