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Google Art Project Expands With Mass. Museums

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Google is growing its popular online Art Project and the Web giant is partnering with two Massachusetts museums.

When Google launched its Art Project a year ago with just 1,000 digitized images from 17 museums, 20 million people visited the site.

Tuesday the number of artworks rises to 30,000 from 151 museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"Boston MFA definitely made sense because they are one of the heavy-hitters," said Diana Skaar, principal of new business at Google.

For balance she points to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

"A smaller, more regional museum but whose artworks represent a strong cultural significance," Skaar said of the Rockwell museum.

Google Art Project's goal is to make a diverse selection of art accessible to people all over the world.

This program aired on April 3, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.



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