The Yorkshire ‘Google Art Project’

Originally published on 3rd February 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1107

Yorkshire is home to some of the finest oil and acrylic painting collections in the country, with hundreds of galleries and museums housing thousands of works. Now, for the first time, a collection of the region’s favourite paintings are available to view online.

Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings is managed by 30 museums and galleries from across the region, celebrating the outstanding quality and variety of paintings in the collections across all four counties. The site contains 100 of the most-loved paintings chosen by the public from across the region, dating from the 17th to 21st century.

Among the collection are works from Francis Bacon, Paul Nash and Thomas Gainsborough. Visitors can also leave their own personal stories relating to each painting, and share their experience with others.

There are around 10,000 oil and acrylic paintings in Yorkshire, but estimates suggest that 80% of these are not on public display. Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings brings many of these works back into the public eye once more.

Liz Waring, Curator of Visual Art at Museums Sheffield, says:

“We are delighted to be part of this project which gives everyone the chance to view in one place a selection of the fantastic collection of oil paintings we have in the region. Anyone in the world can now go online and see the paintings and the stories behind the pictures, with the ability to zoom in and see the incredible detail and techniques used by the artist”.

Visitors to the site can also win the chance to take home an exclusive replica of their favourite painting. Take a peek and enter at www.yorkshiresfavourites.org. Winners will be announced in March.

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