Being an art lover has never been easier. Although there is nothing like experiencing your favourite work of art in real life, virtual tours and other interactive tools have made it possible for you to experience the world’s greatest art without having to leave the house. So until you can afford that trip to the Louvre, check out some of these free art trips.
The Google Art Project delivers a wealth of art education but its most popular feature is the virtual art gallery tours. Working in much the same way as Google Street View, you can work your way through one of the numerous interactive tours to view artworks regardless of where they are in the world.
The National Gallery in London is the home to some 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to the 1900's. Amongst their most famous works are The Virgin of the Rocks by Da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Artsy provides the opportunity to explore both past and present galleries, exhibitions and art fairs, from Rio to Hong Kong and everywhere in between. You can also find up and coming artists amongst thousands of artist profiles, complete with information on where you can go to see their works.
While MoMA is not offering virtual tours, this site has some great interactive programs where you can learn about and explore famous historical artists. A great way to brush up on your art history and learn something new!
Again, Art Babble is not a gallery but we thought it was so great we had to tell you about it anyway. This video hub is packed with interviews and commentary on a variety of art styles and movements from across the globe. Just search for your favourite artist, period, geographical location or medium and find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know.