For many of us, the order to stay at home and shelter in place has left us wistful for a trip to a museum or gallery. Thanks to modern technology, virtual tours of some of the most magnificent museums and galleries in the world can be taken without getting off the couch.
Stay Home and Tour The Louvre
The Louvre was originally built as a fortress, around 1190, on the banks of the Seine. The French monarchy expanded the original structure to create a palace. Over the centuries, The Louvre has grown into a majestic structure that houses some of the world’s greatest art.
Walking into a palace, through sumptuous galleries, can be done by virtual tour of The Louvre.
Hundreds of other venues around the world, which are temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 virus, also offer virtual tours.
The Met, which is home to the works of some of our favorite artists, like Winslow Homer and Grant Wood, is offering virtual video tours that allow the viewer to see galleries from different perspectives. The Met 360* Project uses cameras on cables for a bird’s-eye view of each gallery. Complete with soundtracks and well-placed cameras, each tour feels like a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s offerings.
More than two-thousand museums around the world offer virtual tours, which include a great deal of information about the artists and their works and can lead to searches about sculpture, artifacts, architecture, design and other interesting collections.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington offers educational activities for children and has an on-line exhibit of Vermeer paintings alongside an exhibit called Fashioning a Nation, that looks at American fashion trends from 1740 to 1895 and might make you feel grateful for jeans, t-shirts and comfy slippers. And you can head to the Smithsonian, that houses the incredible works of contemporary artists like Walton Ford and has a plethora of on-line learning tools.
Deciding which museum or gallery to tour, on which continent, can be a daunting, and mind expanding task, but certainly worth the time and mouse click.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the fine art work available at Surovek Gallery.
Hakim Bishara. 2,500 Museums You Can Now Visit Virtually. Hyperallergic. March 16, 2020.
Seph Rodney. What It’s Like to Visit Virtual Galleries as an Art Critic. Hyperallergic. March 25, 2020.
Mark Westall. Lisson Gallery presents an enhanced virtual experience for Art Basel viewing Rooms. FAD Magazine. March 2020.