Google launches the Prado layer in Google Earth allowing you to explore highly detailed photographic images of fourteen of the Prado Museum's masterpieces in very high resolution where you can explore the finer-details of the works. With the lauching of this Prado layer in Google Earth, you will be able to zoom in on famous paintings such as The Maids of Honor by Velázquez or The Three Graces by Rubens.
The Prado Museum has become the first art gallery in the world to provide access to and navigation of its collection in Google Earth. Using the advanced features of Google Earth art historians, students and tourists everywhere can zoom in on and explore the finer details of the artist's brushwork that can be easily missed at first glance.
The paintings have been photographed and contain as many as 14,000 million pixels (14 gigapixels). With this high level resolution you are able to see fine details such as the tiny bee on a flower in The Three Graces by Rubens, delicate tears on the faces of the figures in The Descent from the Cross by Roger van der Weyden and complex figures in The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
The Google Earth Prado layer also includes 3D models which allow you to fly around the Prado buildings to experience the museum as if you were actually there.
To view the layer, select 3D buildings from the left panel and type 'Prado' in the 'Fly to' search box. You will then be transported to the Prado Museum in 3D where you can click on an icon to view the Masterpieces.
See in Google Earth
Enter in Google Earth, select the 3D buildings layer form the left panel, type “Museo del Prado” in the “Fly to” search box and you will see the masterpieces.
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See in Google Maps
On the occasion of the launching of this project, for the two next following weeks you will be able to see each day one of the works in gigapixel format in Google Maps.