© Trupti Patel Doshi, 2/7/2011, High Resolution

My drawing was inspired by the close-up image of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” in The New York Times article about Google’s Art Project. I’m fascinated that we now have the ability to view high resolution works of art from our very own computers, and be able to catch details that we may otherwise not ever see in-person. As the article suggests, this new project allows you to look at works of art as “made things, really to study the way artists construct an image on a flat surface.”

The article made me think about the artwork of Georges Seurat, who is famous for his “pointillism” technique, “which uses small dots or strokes of contrasting color to create subtle changes in form.” My drawing attempts to capture a close-up of this unique technique. When viewing such works from a distance, you wouldn’t be able to catch the detailed pattern that you can only see if you look very closely. As with most things, you can learn the most about a piece of art when you take the time to look at it closely, as well as from different perspectives.

“Google’s Art Project looks like a bandwagon everyone should jump on. It makes visual knowledge more accessible, which benefits us all.”


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