31 Mar 2016 - 17:14
Unique examples of Georgian cultural treasures will join works by famous artists and historical collections on the world's largest online database uniting museums and arts organisations for all over the globe.
Paintings by celebrated Georgian artists Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akhvlediani and Sergo Kobuladze as well as cinema and theatre costumes, archaeological items and other exhibits will soon be uploaded to a photo gallery on the Google Cultural Institute web project.
Paintings by top Georgian artists will be photographed in high definition before being sent to Google to be uploaded online. Photo from Art Palace/Facebook.
Other examples of art from archives of Art Palace museum in Tbilisi will include illustrations created for the iconic 12th Century poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin and porcelain figures exhibited at the Art Palace.
The deal to get Georgian cultural treasures on the Google Cultural Institute web repository was agreed between Google and Art Palace, and was announced by the Tbilisi-based museum yesterday.
Exhibits are currently being prepared to be photographed in high resolution before being sent to Google.
The announcement also said the museum planned to prepare three-dimensional virtual tours of the Art Palace that could also be uploaded to the Google platform.
Google Cultural Institute represents the largest online partnership of culture and arts organisations who aim to "bring the world's cultural heritage online".
See the launch video for Google Cultural Institute below:
The online repository features galleries and exhibits of some of the world’s most iconic cultural locations. The site offers a virtual tour of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia, photo galleries illustrating the life of South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela and a slideshow history of the Palace of Versailles in France.
Launched in 2011, the online catalogue now features more than six million items on various topics.
The Cultural Institute has partnered with museums and organisations including the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel, Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy, and Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.
You can learn how to navigate the Google Cultural Institute website in a video guide here.