The Google Art Project now includes 1,000 artwork images from The Corning Museum of Glass, making it the first institution focused on glass to join the website, which has expanded in the past two years to encompass more than 30,000 images from 150 institutions located in 40 countries. Corning’s additions to the site include artifacts, factory glass, decorative arts, fine art, and contemporary works executed in glass. The purpose of the Google Art Project, according to the site, is to make artwork from around the world accessible. “Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in,” reads the FAQ. “Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience.”
The Corning Museum of Glass contributed vivid images of works by contemporary artists such as Dan Dailey, Thérèse Lahaie, Luke Jerram, Marian Karel, Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, Klaus Moje, Mark Peiser, Paul Stankard, Toots Zynsky, and Bertil Vallien, among others. Seven pieces by Harvey Littleton can be viewed on the website, as well as four works by Dominick Labino. Currently, only one Dale Chihuly work, Royal Blue Mint Chandelier (1998), is available through the Google Art Project, and it was posted by the Mint Museum.
“We are committed to providing as much online access as possible to the 35 centuries of glass history represented in our collection,” said executive director Karol Wight in a prepared statement. “We were pleased to be the first glass-focused cultural institution to join the Google Art Project, where online visitors and researchers can view and compare works in our collection with those from other institutions around the world.”