Prado and Google team up for armchair art-lovers

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I love art and I love going to the Gallery. But sometimes the Gallery is just too far away. Like Madrid.

Well, now online users can look at masterpieces in microscopic detail, thanks to a deal between Google and one of the world's most famous galleries: The Prado.

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Painting credit: Francisco de Goya, Third of May 1808, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The Madrid museum and the search engine have launched a tool, based on Google's mapping programme, which allows art connoisseurs to get close to their favourite paintings and zoom in so close that, according to The Guardian article, "even the brush strokes are visible". The only thing that's missing is the smell of oil paint.

The initiative includes fourteen of the Prado's masterpieces, including Diego Velázquez portrait of the family of Philip IV of Spain, Las Meninas, along with works by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, and late middle ages religious moralist Hieronymus Bosch.

You need to install Google Earth to see the works.

The pictures can be found in the preview section of the geographic web part of the layers menu of Google Earth. I really can't wait to check this out!

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