PICTURE THIS: Auckland Art Gallery will put hundreds of its works online as part of a Google project.
Auckland Art Gallery will open its doors to distant audiences as part of the Google Art Project.
It is one of two Australasian galleries chosen for the virtual museum tours launched by Google earlier this year.
The online project allows users to wander the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Tate Britain or the Palace of Versailles.
Seventeen museums and galleries from nine countries have contributed more than a thousand artworks to the online collection.
Regional Facilities Auckland says Auckland Art Gallery will add several hundred major New Zealand artworks to the virtual gallery when it joins the project in February next year.
Google’s street view technology allows users to take virtual gallery tours or artworks can be viewed individually.
Art lovers can pick and chose their favourite pieces to make an online collection to share on social networking sites.
Both Auckland Art Gallery and Google said they could not comment on the project.
Sydney’s Gallery of New South Wales is set to be the second Australasian gallery involved.