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Magnifying the Prado


Albrecht Dürer’s Self-portrait of 1498 as revealed by a new collaboration between Madrid’s Prado Museum and Google Earth. Google has photographed a number of the Prado’s paintings in ultra-high resolution, allowing users of their atlas application to examine the pictures to a degree which the artists themselves wouldn’t have experienced without the use of a magnifying lens. This must be the first time it’s been possible to scrutinise the actual brushstrokes of an online reproduction; screen grabs below show a zoom into Dürer’s right eye. So far only 14 paintings have been given this treatment but among them is the Garden of Earthly Delights triptych by Hieronymus Bosch. It’s worth downloading Google Earth simply for the opportunity to lose yourself in that work’s fantastic tableaux.




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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by pe-jota


    An excellent project to be able to enjoy really surprising details.

  2. #2 posted by John


    I love it! Especially for the Bosch triptych.

  3. #4 posted by maxon


    What does the icon look like that shows you the images? I haven’t been able to find them.

  4. #5 posted by John


    Hi Maxon. There’s a page here with links for Google Earth and Google Maps.






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