Miniature paintings form a sophisticated art form. Though compact, they typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith.
Google Arts & Culture is applying cutting-edge technologies to one of the most precious art forms of Indian heritage: miniature paintings, so more people around the world can experience these small treasures in a big way. Using technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and high-definition robotic cameras, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase these special works of art in a magical new way. The virtual collection includes 1,200 high-resolution images from 25 collections all around the world and more than 75 stories, depicting scenes that include legendary marriage processions, the joy of being among nature, or epic battles.
This is the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture. Using your smartphone, you can open up a life-size virtual space, walk around at your leisure and zoom into your favourite pieces.
“Curious minds, students and families will find playful and educational ways to enjoy the world of Indian miniatures, such as an interactive colouring book,” says Simon Rein, programme manager, Google Arts & Culture, in a blog post.
All you have to do is get the Google Arts & Culture app on your phone.