Google Just Made it Easier to Search Art

Google has grown from a search engine into a company which makes life on the internet a bit easier with multitudes of apps and websites designed to make exploring things easier.

Following their launch of the ‘Searching for Syria‘ website in collaboration with UNHCR, Google has diverted its resources towards making it easier for people to discover more about their favourite artists.

Not only that, the recent update to Google products like search, Maps and Arts & Culture, helps users take a virtual tour of museums around the world right from the comfort of their laptop or smartphone.

“Each month, there are more than 500 million art-related searches on Google. Now whether you’re a casual fan or a true culture vulture, Google can help you become an art expert,” the company stated.

Not only has the company made certain updates to its search engine which lays out information about the artist and his works in a smooth carousel, the update to Street View on Maps also allows users to digitally explore art pieces in a museum anywhere across the globe.

The new feature update is a result of the Google search engineers joining hands with Google Arts & Culture team.

“Starting today, when you search for art-related things, you’ll have access to more relevant results and the ability to dive deeper into topics of interest”, Google adds.

Improvements have been focussed on how Google systems understand and recognise artworks, the materials used in it, the artist, the art period and the connection in between all of these.

The virtual tour of any museum using Street View can be either taken from a Chrome browser on any laptop or mobile device.

The tech has been borrowed from the machine learning used in Google Photos which allows users to search for items in their gallery. Using the same tech, Google scanned and enabled search for over 15,000 partner museums.

The update has started rolling out today and should be available to all users soon.

Have you checked out Google’s latest virtual tour feature yet? Let us know in the comments below how you found it.

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