New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Google Arts and Culture on Thursday announced it has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature paintings in a magical new way with wsing technologies like machine learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and high-definition robotic cameras.
Inspired by the domes and doorways that punctuate Indian homes and public spaces, this is the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture.
“Using your smartphone, you can open up a life-size virtual space, walk around at your leisure and zoom into your favourite pieces — you have this beautiful museum to yourself!” said Simon Rein, Programme Manager, Google Arts & Culture.
Though compact (about the same size as a small book), miniature paintings typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith.
#DidYouKnow that you can use our bespoke technology to virtually leap into the intricate designs of one of the most delicate art forms of Indian heritage?
— Google Arts&Culture (@googlearts) October 22, 2020
Miniatures are rich in detailed representations of topics that have shaped Indian culture and thanks to machine learning, one can now discover these attributes across a collection of miniature paintings.
“Art Camera, our ultra-high-resolution robotic camera, was deployed to produce the most vivid images of masterpieces ever seen,” Rein said in a statement.
Using these images, Google created over 75 in-painting tours to help people appreciate details like wisps of smoke from firecrackers, or see the finesse and variety of every person’s attire in a royal procession.
The virtual collection includes 1,200 high-resolution images from 25 collections all around the world and more than 75 stories.