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Explore the Freer Gallery of Art and sixteen other renowned museums around the world with Art Project. In this virtual environment, Google technologies enable visitors to stroll the halls of Versailles, study objects in the Hermitage, or gaze at Van Gogh’s Starry Night and other masterpieces in stunning detail.

To capture the Freer’s unique spirit, Google technicians employed gigapixel imaging to delve into the details of American artist James McNeill Whistler’s painting The Princess from the Land of Porcelain. This work hangs above the mantel in Whistler’s iconic example of Asian-inspired art at the Freer: the Peacock Room. Both the painting and the room embody the Gallery’s mission to illuminate points of contact between Western and Asian artistic traditions.

One hundred high-resolution images of other works in the Freer collections are also on view in the Art Project. In total, 486 artists, 1,061 artworks, and 385 gallery rooms have been included in the virtual environment, located at www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/smithsonian-freer-sackler.

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detail from the Princess in the Land of Porcelain, featured in gigapixel imaging at the Art Project by Google

As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.