Google is taking its Street View technology into some of the world's most famous art galleries.

Google's Street View goes indoors

Google's Street View technology is going indoors for the first time - into some of the world's most famous art galleries.

Tate Britain, the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Palace of Versailles in France are among 17 museums which have collaborated with Google to offer 360 degree virtual tours of their galleries.

Each museum involved in Google Art Project will show one the works in its collection in super-high resolution. Each painting is captured in around seven billion pixels, making their online display around 1,000 times more detailed than an average digital camera.

Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night from the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger at the National Gallery are some of the pieces that will be shown in greater detail.

Google said it took between four and eight hours to capture each painting in great detail with thousands of images which are "stitched" together. As well as the 17 images that can be seen in super-high resolution, 1,000 artworks can be seen on gallery walls.

Google has used its Street View technology to enable people to explore 385 gallery rooms around the world in the same way as they can wander down streets virtually with Google Maps.

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