From paintings to sculptures to historical artifacts, art can be a very visceral experience. When a piece of art resonates with you, it can make you feel uplifted and inspired. And, if you’re an art lover, the lack of that creativity in your life can make you feel sluggish and dull. Although you currently don’t have the luxury of visiting crowded museums and gazing at your favorite paintings, you are able to get your fill of artistic inspiration through other means.
Want to take a trip to Amsterdam from the comfort of your couch? Any art lovers out there know the name Vincent Van Gogh, but did you know there’s a museum entirely dedicated to his works in Amsterdam? Well, in the spirit of social distancing, the Van Gogh Museum has graciously uploaded a seven-part 4K virtual tour onto their Youtube channel so that you can experience all of the beauty of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works while you’re doing your part to stay home. Not only is the tour beautifully scored, but it gives you the unique opportunity to experience the museum as your own private tour. Under normal circumstances you’d be hoarded along to each painting along with large groups of adoring fans, but with this virtual tour it’s just you and these gorgeous works of art.
Another amazing source that allows you to get your fill of art without the risks of visiting a museum is Google’s Arts & Culture App. They’ve created virtual tours for some of the most prestigious museums all around the world such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the MAXXI National Museum in Rome, and over 500 more institutions. Similarly to the Van Gogh Museum’s Youtube Tour, you’ll enjoy the benefits of looking at the art up close without having to push your way through groups of tourists. In addition, however, some works provide an interpretive text with exploratory zoom capability which really allows you to get into the details of the work.
There are several popular galleries such as the Louvre who have made select exhibits available online via their website. In the Louvre’s case, they’ve made available a tour of the museum’s moat, the Galerie d’Apollon, and their Ancient Egyptian wing which houses a large variety of historical pieces. We’ve even seen some galleries such as Hastings Contemporary experimenting with robots to create a more visceral gallery tour. Instead of the filmed or photographer versions of the tour, you would essentially control a robot as it roams around the museum in your stead. Not only is this helpful for social distancing purposes, but it may be useful in the future for people who aren’t able to travel to view galleries such as people with disabilities.
Strangely enough, another excellent source that allows you to experience art and culture from home began as nothing more than an ad campaign. Apple recently uploaded a one-take five-hour tour of Russia’s Hermitage museum, which was intended to advertise the iPhone camera quality as well as the battery life capabilities. What it also does, however, is provide an amazing detailed tour from an in-person perspective. This is a great resource to truly feel as though you’ve set aside a day to visit a museum (as well as knock out a large chunk of the day).