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In good company with Google The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden present their museums in the Google Art Project

From today, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) are presenting around 300 selected masterpieces from their twelve museums in the Google Art Project. Works such as Raphael’s Sistine Madonna (1512/13) from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, precious objects from the Grünes Gewölbe, delicate porcelains, antique sculptures, scientific instruments from the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon along with fascinating items from the ethnographical museums in Dresden, Leipzig and Herrnhut clearly demonstrate the impressive diversity of the holdings of the various collections. At an international launch event in Paris and a press conference in Berlin, Google presented the second phase of the Art Project.

With the Google Art Project, in addition to the SKD Online Collection and the 3-D Panorama Tours which were already launched in August 2011, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are expanding ever further into the sphere of digital communication. Dirk Burghardt, Managing Director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden says: “For several years, digital projects have been an essential component of the communication and mediation efforts of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Now, we are pleased to further develop and expand the digital communication of our museums together with our partner Google. The Google Art Project is a great opportunity to make the artworks of our museums popular throughout the world and to make them even better accessible. We are in good company with the well-known museums and institutions involved in the Google Art Project.”

The SKD’s contribution to the Google Art Project presents both famous and less well-known works of art held in its various museums, accompanied by basic information about them. Additional explanations and links to the SKD Online Collection enable the viewer to explore and engage with the works of art at a deeper level. The SKD Online Collection reveals the full spectrum of works held by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, for there it is even possible to view objects which are not on display in the exhibitions. In the digital “tours”, both curators of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and visitors, e.g. primary school children, demonstrate their engagement with the works of art through presentations dealing with specific themes.

With the Google Art Project, the SKD’s 3-D Panorama Tours - in which visitors can undertake virtual walking tours through selected collections - as well as numerous YouTube videos relating to the opening of exhibitions and museums, the institutions that make up the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are now accessible to a worldwide audience.

Related links
Google Art Project:
SKD Online Collection:
3D Panorama Tour:
Official Website:
press site Google Art Project:

Read the press release as pdf.

Dr. Stephan Adam
Pressesprecher und Leiter Kommunikation
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Postfach 12 05 51
01006 Dresden                                                      
Tel. ++49-351-49 14 2643
Fax ++49-351-49 14 2366




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