Google Art Project Goes Social

Have you had a chance to play around with Google Art Project yet? Google Art Project is a pretty cool way to discover new art. And now, Google is making it even more social. They have added a button to compare art and hangout with friends as you discuss your favorites. After reading a recent article in TechCrunch about the new hangout feature, UGallery decided to take a stab at sharing art. Alex Farkas gave Sam and I a mini art history lesson. Read on below to find out how our experience went.

It took us some time to figure out how to share the same screen, but we got it eventually. Samantha created a hangout and Alex went digging for the first painting he wanted us to see. He “Shared this View” once he found Jacques-Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii. He said at this point in history, the male figure was depicted with extremely masculine features and hard lines. The depiction of the male body would eventually take on a more feminine form. Which leads us to our second painting by Jacques-Louis David, The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis.

You can tell how the body of Telemachus is much softer than the brothers in The Oath of the Horatii. Our mini Art History 101 lesson was filled with “I see it!” and “Yeah, that makes sense!” as well as exclamations of our love for Jacques-Louis David. It was pretty cool sharing screens and taking a tour of some crucial moments in Art History. Below, I’ve shared the video of Google Art Project’s newest feature. What do you think? Would you use the new feature?