Wednesday, January 14, 2009

From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400 – June 18, 1464)
Descent of Christ from the Cross c. 1435
Oil on oak panel 220 x 262 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Fourteen of the Prado's most famous paintings, including Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas," Francisco de Goya's "Third of May" and Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces." can now be seen with greater clarity and greater detail all from the comfort of your own home.

The Prado has teamed up with Google Earth so that one can now examine the masterpiecs in the most minute detail.

A Google spokesman said: "The paintings have been photographed in very high resolution 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 Rogier van der Weyden) and complex figures in The Garden of Earthly Delights (by Bosch)."

She added of what Google Earth is calling the "Prado layer": "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."