In 2012, the Denver Art Museum, one of the world’s leading repositories of western American art, as well as a total collection of 70,000 pieces from artists and cultures around the world, announced its participation in the Google Art Project. The collaborative online program allows hundreds of museums all around the world to showcase some of their most popular and important holdings.
The Google Art Project, begun in 2011, works to bring an arts education to people of all backgrounds, ages, and locations. The project’s virtual tours and high-resolution reproductions represent a significant step in democratizing access to major cultural works. Participating museums, in addition to the DAM, include the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, the Tokyo National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and renowned general and specialized museum collections spanning the globe. The DAM’s group of more than 160 holdings available for viewing on the site includes pieces from its Petrie Institute of Western American Art, its Native American collections, and world masterpieces from the European tradition.
Through the Google Art Project, a fan of Western landscape painter Albert Bierstadt can now view a high-quality image of the artist’s Wind River Country. Those with an interest in western sculpture can examine an image of Solon Borglum’s 1902 piece titled Lassoing Wild Horses or Frederic Remington’s 1901 masterwork The Cheyenne. Other DAM masterpieces on the Google site include works by Claude Monet, George Stubbs, and John Singer Sargent.