Google today announced that Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature paintings in a magical new way. The tech giant will showcase these special works of art using machine learning, AR, and high-definition robotic cameras. Google says it is “inspired from domes and hallways that punctuate Indian homes and public spaces. This is the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture, adds the company.
Miniature paintings typically tackle profound themes such as love, power, and faith, despite being compact. These have a very small size, such as that of a small book. Also, paintings are among the most beautiful, technically-advanced, and most sophisticated art forms in the Indian culture.
Enjoy Virtual Tour of the Halls of a Pocket Gallery
Google has designed the virtual AR-powered art gallery based on traditional Indian way of building spaces. People can wander the halls of the pocket gallery through their smartphones. Simon Rein, the Programme Manager at Google Arts & Culture said, “Using your smartphone, you can open up a life-size virtual space, walk around at your leisure and zoom into your favorite pieces — you have this beautiful museum to yourself!”
These compact paintings are rich in detailed rendition of topics that have shaped Indian culture for ages. But now, with the help of machine learning, people can discover these features across a collection of these paintings. Google says that it has used the ultra-high-resolution robotic camera to produce high-quality, and most vivid images of the paintings.
Google has created over 75 in-painting tours to help people value every little detail in the painting. Things like wisps of smoke that one could see or a variety of attires that a person wears in a royal procession catch the eye of the viewer. The collection of these Indian art forms includes 1,200 high-resolution images from 25 collections all around the world. These contain more than 75 stories that depict scenes of battles, marriage processions, nature and many more. Curious minds, students and families will find playful and educational ways to enjoy the world of Indian miniatures, such as an interactive coloring book, says Google.