Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Van Eyck Street View Tour

Jan van Eyck was a Flemish artist, who is perhaps most famous for the Ghent Alterpiece and The Arnolfini Portrait. You can learn more about Van Eyck and examine his paintings up close in the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts' Van Eyck virtual exhibition. The exhibition includes nine artworks by Van Eyck, several pieces from his studio and a hundred international masterpieces.

Exploring the gallery's Van Eyck Virtual Tour is almost as good as visiting the exhibition in real-life. In fact, because you can't currently attend the exhibition (the exhibition is presently closed to the public) in person, then this is as good as it gets. The virtual tour uses 'Street View' like 360 degree panoramic imagery which allow you to virtually walk around the different gallery rooms in the exhibition and zoom in on the individual paintings and exhibits.

In each of the rooms the paintings have interactive hotspots which allow you to read the associated wall notes or to listen to the audio guide created for the selected painting. You can walk around the different rooms in the exhibition in order or you can use the tour menu to select to visit any room in the exhibition.

If you want to explore more of the world's best museums and galleries during lock-down then here are a few more virtual tours that you might enjoy:

The Uffizi Galleries Virtual Tour - one of the greatest collections of Renaissance art in the world
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - includes a number of virtual exhibitions
The National Gallery - London's National Gallery has a number of virtual tours
The Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close - a virtual tour of the museum's Gallery of Honour
The Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour - explore the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's astonishing ceiling
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Museum - has created a number of virtual tours
The Stonehenge Virtual Tour - places you in the center of this mysterious pre-historic monument
Beijing Palace Museum - the Palace Museum has created a number of virtual tours which allow you to explore some of the museum's galleries and also some of the amazing buildings of the Forbidden City
Buckingham Palace - take a virtual tour around the Queen's favorite pad

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