Google Cultural Institute Adds More Artwork
The growing collection of the Google Cultural Institute recently was expanded with more spectacular content from 34 global partners.Google's Cultural Institute recently gained more artworks for its online collections, including a new assortment of pieces that challenge the visual perceptions of viewers. "At the Cultural Institute we've been taking a break from our holiday shopping to feast our eyes on a different kind of gift—the gift of ingenious art that plays tricks on our eyes," wrote Simon Rein, the program manager of the Cultural Institute, in a recent post on the Google Official Blog. "Called Trompe l'oeil, which means 'fool the eye' in French, these techniques require complete control over every detail of size, color, light and gradation of color so that a two-dimensional work appears to be three-dimensional." Several examples of this phenomenon are visible among the new content that was recently launched by 34 global partners on the Cultural Institute Website, wrote Rein. The online institute features a collection of more than 57,000 artworks. The Google Cultural Institute hosts marvelous online collections of artworks and cultural treasures that are in hundreds of museums, cultural institutions and archives around the world, according to the group. Google created the organization to help show the collections virtually to people around the globe.
"Trompe l'oeil has been used on things as large as a ceiling," as in a fresco at the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara in Italy, "which uses clever architectural form to momentarily confuse," wrote Rein. The eye trickery has also been seen in something as small as a vase, as in a piece from the 1700s on display at the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa & Gardens in Italy, he wrote. "Sometimes the trickery lies in the deft organization of the elements in the picture," such as in the 1891 painting, Caprice, by Bernardino Montañés Pérez, which is in the Museo de Huesca in Spain.
On the Google site, visitors can see how the five versions differ and can see the copy of the Gettysburg Address that hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House. Visitors can also explore several multimedia exhibits created by Lincoln historians for more context about the speech and Lincoln's words. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863, as he looked over the battlefield to dedicate the Soldiers' National Cemetery on the site. The speech came almost five months after the Union forces defeated the Confederate armies at Gettysburg in a huge turning point in the Civil War. Less than two years after his Gettysburg speech, Lincoln was shot by assassin John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865, and he died of his injuries the next day. He was 56 years old. Lincoln was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.