Google Arts & Culture – View artworks online

Klimt’s Kiss and other artworks from famous collections available in gigapixel form for your home

A few years ago, the Google company started a very ambitious project under the title “Google Art Project”. The objective of this was to make famous artworks accessible for everyone. The offering also includes Austrian museums.

Screenshot Gigapixel Kuss der Google-Webseite
Gigapixel screenshot of The Kiss © Google

Selected works and collections

At Google Arts & Culture, works from the Belvedere, including the “Stephansdom in Wien” (Rudolf von Alt, 1832), can be admired in detail.

The Albertina has already made 152 works available for viewing and these can be viewed at high levels of zoom. The works include Albrecht Dürer’s famous “Feldhase” painting or Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Half-Length Figure of an Apostle, 1493-1495″. Other featured paintings come from Renoir, Michelangelo, Rubens, or Hieronymus Bosch.

The Kunsthistorische Museum (Museum of Art History) even offers 176 works for your digital viewing pleasure. In these collections, there are not only paintings but also sculptures, jewellery, and pots to admire. The museum which faces it, the Naturhistorische Museum (Natural History Museum) allows online visitors to view 144 natural wonders and animals, including a bouquet of precious jewels (a gift from Maria Theresia to her husband).

From the Leopold Museum, 256 objects have been made digitally available. The extensive Schiele collection is a wonderful asset.

Viennese Jugendstil – Gustav Klimt

The significant Austrian painter Gustav Klimt is considered one of the most famous representatives of Viennese Jugendstil. Many of his works can also be marvelled at online with Google Arts.