Virtual gallery tours

By Elspeth Pridham
April 16, 2020

Although galleries across the world have been forced to close their doors. Many have come up with initiatives to share their collections on-line.

Despite the lockdown, you can now view great masterpieces in Paris, Saint Petersburg and Madrid without having to jump on a plane. Log onto YouTube for an impressive five-hour tour of The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Pertersburg. Here you can see works by Cezanne, Goya and Michelangelo.
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid was forced to close its exhibition of Rembrandt portraits early. But, you can still see the paintings on the gallery’s new virtual tour, with the added benefit of no crowds.
For something more contemporary, head to New York.  MoMA is currently sharing films from its Private Lives:Public Spaces exhibition. Or if you want to stay closer to home, The National Gallery uses Google Street View to showcase 300 renaissance masterpieces.
There is much to explore on Google Arts & Culture. You can step inside an array of galleries, including New York’s Guggenheim, as well as getting an up-close experience of a particular genre from Impressionists to graffiti. But don’t limit yourself to art. The website can also take you on fascinating architectural tours including Five Iconic Parisian Rooftops, The Bolshoi Theatre or the Sydney Opera House. Meanwhile, the V&A website provides images and background to much of its eclectic collection. Immerse yourself in jewellery, illustration, embroidery and furniture.
Modern technology is giving us unprecedented access to international art and architecture. With a little more time to spare why not visit that gallery you were never able to before? It is only a click away.