Sunday, February 6, 2011

Botticelli and Ingres on the Google Art Project

Top: Detail image from Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, 1483
Bottom: Detail image from Ingres' Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845

I've been spending a lot of time looking through some of the high resolution images of paintings on the new Google Art Project. Above is one of the interesting things I've come across by zooming into different works of art. I find the portrait of Venus from Botticelli's The Birth of Venus remarkably similar to Ingres' Portrait of Comtesse d'Haussonville. Perhaps Ingres was influenced by this piece of art?

It's been a lot of fun discovering new details from familiar paintings and seeing other works of art for the first time. I hope that this is only the beginning and more artwork will be added to the project in the future.


  1. I really loved seeing Portrait of Comtesse d'Haussonville at the Frick.

  2. It must have been incredible! The detail in that painting looks amazing.

  3. How can a painting be high resolution? Do you mean the images of the paintings?

  4. Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Thanks for the catch. :)