Google Cultural Institute The Lowry

Google captures ‘gigapixel’ images of LS Lowry paintings to share with the world

The Lowry has become the latest art gallery to have items from its collection added to the Google Cultural Institute’s prestigious Art Project.

Forty five of the gallery’s LS Lowry paintings and drawings have been photo-captured up to ‘gigapixel’ quality to enable people from across the world to view the artist’s work in explicit detail.

You can view The Lowry collection here.

The Lowry joins the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Tate Britain in London on the site, which also includes collections from places like The White House in Washington DC.

Julia Fawcett, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “This is an incredible platform for us to share the work of LS Lowry with the world.

‘Google’s reach is such that the number of people with access to high-quality visuals of Lowry’s work will now be measured in millions and will be without boundary.

‘We welcome this additional profile for his work and consider it a great addition to the more than 100,000 people that visit our LS Lowry gallery in person in each year.”

Dennis Dizon, programme manager at Google Cultural Institute, said:  “Our Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail.

“To date, we have worked with over 250 galleries, museums and other institutions which has resulted in tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists available to view at the very best quality online.”

To create a ‘visitor experience’ to the user, a 360-degree tour of the gallery housing the works was also carried out using indoor Street View technology.

(from a press release)