Google’s Arts and Culture app, is a rare app for art and history enthusiasts. The app was developed to bring the works of popular artists and painters to smartphone users. Available as a free download on both Android and iOS, the app recently got a host of new features as well as content relevant to users in India.

Museums and monuments

The Arts and Culture app will now offer collections and artefacts from over 1,000 museums across 70 countries, including India. Google has partnered with several Indian museums and art galleries such as Indian Museum, Kolkata, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, and National Museum, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.

Indian monuments and heritage sites such as Nalanda, Hampi, Purana Qila and Taj Mahal are now accessible to users. What makes all this interesting is that users can take a 360-degree view through Street View and a virtual tour through Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) headset, of these monuments and museums without leaving the Arts and Culture app.

Indian art and artists

In case you are interested in the works of Indian artist and their artistic journey, the app has a lot to offer. Users can look for specific artists, or their work by simply typing in the name or a related keyword in the app’s search bar. The works of popular Indian artists such as Abindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gil, M.F. Hussain, K.G. Subramanyan and Somnath Hore can be accessed along with details on how their work has evolved over time.

Google has improved the layout and added some sections to help users get to specific categories such as projects, partners, artists, art movements and historical movements. The app’s home page will have a fascinating story on art and history that will be updated every day.

The app is a visual treat for art lovers. It uses high resolution shots of various art works from multiple angles. Almost all photos are followed by text on the origin, history and inspiration behind the art or monument.

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