Yale Center for British Art to partner with Google on expanded Art Project

The Yale Center for British Art is partnering with the Google Art Project to share the museum’s renowned collections with viewers around the world. The collaboration is part of a major global expansion of the pioneering Art Project, which now consists of 151 partners in 40 countries.

The Yale Center for British Art — which houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom — is one of only six university museums in the world to collaborate with Google. It is one of only 29 institutions in the United States and is the only museum in Connecticut to participate.

“The Yale Center for British Art is delighted to be part of this important international collaboration with Google, which extends initiatives at the center to broaden online access to our magnificent collections in the most open of ways,” said Amy Meyers, director of the Yale Center for British Art. “Through an exciting synthesis of art and technology, the Google Art Project offers new channels for study, research, and pleasure to viewers around the globe.”

"The Harvest," by John Frederick Herring, ca. 1857. Image credit: Yale University

To date there are more than 30,000 high-resolution objects available on Google Art Project, up from the original 1,000 in only nine museums. The Yale Center for British Art contributed 5,414 artworks to Google’s online collections, including works by acclaimed artists such as William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, Thomas Lawrence, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Samuel Palmer.

The Art Project broadens the center’s online catalogue initiative, launched in 2011, to make its collection freely available for searching and download to all audiences.

For more information, visit the center’s page on the Google Art Project.

*Source: Yale University

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