In times of coronavirus, Qatar museums go online
National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is one of the museums that have partnered with Google Cultural Institute for this massive project.
As museum doors temporarily shut down amid Qatar’s preventive measures in its battle against the spread of coronavirus, art enthusiasts still have the chance to enjoy museum pieces even without visiting them, thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
“The Museum is now closed due to COVID-19 preventive measures, but you can still visit us on Google Art and explore our collections. It’s almost like you are walking in our galleries. Enjoy!” MIA tweeted recently.
Through the project born several years ago, museum-goers now have the privilege to see museum objects up close and, in some cases, pay a virtual visit to museums using only their desktop computers, laptops or mobile phones.
Over 1,200 leading museums and archives which also include the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) have partnered with Google Cultural Institute for this massive project which brings museums and their fascinating collections closer to the public.
A collection of nearly 300 objects from MIA, Mathaf and NMoQ can be viewed through Google Arts & Culture in stunning detail which distance and physical limitation render it impossible to achieve even through actual museum visit.
Metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, textile, glass, manuscripts and woodwork dating back centuries are among the selection of items from these three museums viewable through the site. Pages from a Holy Quran written in Hijazi in the late 7th Century from the MIA collection, pioneering artist Dia Azzawi’s 1981 painting “Red Sky with Birds” from the Mathaf collection and fragments of a 9th Century Abbasid cup excavated in Murwab northwest of Qatar from the NMoQ’s collection are among the interesting and important items that can be viewed through Google Arts & Culture.
Google’s digitisation has made it possible for viewers to see gigapixel images in which even the object’s microscopic facets that otherwise can’t be seen by the naked eye when looking at the work in person when physically visiting a museum can be observed in amazing detail.
In addition, visitors can move inside the MIA through the 360-degree Street View — from the atrium to the galleries where one can have a closer look into some of the objects on display.
Google Arts and Culture is an online platform which has a repository of high-resolution images from museums around the world, three-dimensional recreations of world heritage sites and archival exhibitions in collaboration with museums in many countries around the globe. It contains millions of photos, videos and documents accessible to every desktop or mobile user.
News Source:- The Peninsula