Google continues their efforts to digitize the web. After the maps, Street View, and White House, now they take on fine art in digitizing many famous works of art. They have made a virtual tour of over 1,000 pieces from a variety of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Van Gogh Museum, and the Tokyo National Museum among others. Great to see these works available to everyone, all the time. And the quality–you can see individual brush strokes, maybe even better than seeing in public.
What does this mean for the education world? Sharing things that you only could through books in the past can now be seen in much higher quality. Google continues to work to break down barriers that prevent many from seeing such things. While this would never replace being there in person, it definitely helps!