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Van Gogh's Irises (1889) fetched a world record price for a single artwork on this day in 1987. The Australian collector who bought it at auction paid an astounding $53.9 million US dollars. The collector eventually sold the painting to the +Getty Museum in Los Angeles check it out in Museum View https://goo.gl/Pjjqop. Take a closer look at each of the unique irises using the zoom viewer; no two flowers are alike. https://goo.gl/qvHW43   #gettymuseum   #vangogh    #Streetview  
In May 1889, after episodes of self-mutilation and hospitalization, Vincent van Gogh chose to enter an asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum's garden. The cropped composition, divided into broad areas of vivid color with monumental irises overflowing its borders, was probably influenced by the decorative p...
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We’re pleased to begin the new month with a great wave of new collections on the Google Cultural Institute site.  Today we announce the launch of more than 90 collections from cultural organizations in 30 countries. Explore thousands of art works, online exhibitions and virtual tours from the shores of Australia to Portugal at: http://goo.gl/TvjPbB

Take a virtual stroll through Western Australian’s Sculpture by the Sea installation  https://goo.gl/KFbBHn along the spectacular coast of Perth.  Dive into 36,000 artifacts from the collections of the Freer | Sackler: the Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art.  Peek inside the stunning Gold Cabinet of Vienna’s Galerie Belvedere palace https://goo.gl/qvcSus or decompress in the serene Noguchi Museum https://goo.gl/T3pLcN .  And, don't miss the mesmerizing gigapixel image of  _Alpine Pasture_ https://goo.gl/AgV3Sf from Kunstaus Zurich. 

With so many so many artworks and exhibits, it’s hard to know where to begin. Not to worry, we’ll be highlighting fascinating stories and hidden gems throughout the month.
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The often imitated but unmatchable Catalan artist Antoni Gaudí was born on this day in 1852. Gaudí designed this unique corner cabinet for storing and displaying dishes. It was made specifically for the modernist masterpiece Casa Batlló located in Barcelona: https://goo.gl/MXqDNL
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Thanks for all the great responses which ranged from bronze age headphones or a bra to vintage Google Glasses.  The correct answer is: a hair ornament!  Congrats to all who guessed correctly. 

Archaeologists from the Hamburg Archaeological Museum refer to it as a Haarknotenfibel  or "hair bun fibula" and believe it was used to pin up the hair.  Indeed it was found directly behind the female tomb occupant's head.  The large and striking design with its metal needle, diamond-shaped plate, and two coiled disks clasped and held the hair in place. Take a closer look with the zoom viewer at: https://goo.gl/J7Ex8q to see the fine pattern of notches across much of its surfaces.  Although the bronze now has a greenish patina (a thin layer of oxidized metal), it originally would have been a warm golden color that would have further enhanced its appearance.  
This so-called Haarknotenfibel more than 3 000 years old, is quite impressive. The term Haarknotenfibel (= hair bun fibula) is derived from the fact they that were found in women’s graves at the back of their head, thus leading archaeologists to believe they were used to pin up the hair.
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Can you guess what this 3,000 year-old metal object is?  Hint: it was discovered in an ancient grave of a woman, very close to her head.

PS: The answer will be posted tomorrow! 
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Thomas Sully, born on this day in 1783, created this unusual portrait "The Student" in 1848. 
It actually is a portrait of his deceased daughter, Rosalie Kemble Sully who died a year earlier. Sully chose to commemorate his daughter's talent as an emerging artist by depicting her with portfolio and pencil between her slender fingers. The upper half of her the portrait, Sully obscures nearly half his daughter's face in shadow. While it's possible to see Rosalie's beautiful eyes behind the veil of darkness, the unusual composition might reference her untimely death the previous year. 
The portrait now hangs in +The Mint Museum, North Carolina's first art museum.
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Expensive lace collars were all the rage among the rich and fashionable in seventeenth-century Holland, a bit like today's 'bling bling' luxury watches or maybe handbags. The trend spread across Europe to England, and the rich and famous posed for portraits with exquisite lace framing their faces - as seen in this portrait of the Earl of Pembroke by Anthony Van Dyke: https://goo.gl/0BrlLL.  You can now compare the painting from +National Gallery of Victoria  with an actual example called a "cloak band" dated to about 1600:  https://goo.gl/ikexMx  This rare object is now preserved in the Bowes Museum, in the North of England.  

Discover 21 other highlights from the Bowes' collection here: https://goo.gl/BXRSu5
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In partnership with the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, and the Russian Book Union, Google has announced Chekhov Is Alive g.co/chekhov This will be a live online broadcast of theatrical readings of Anton Chekov’s plays and short stories starring everyday internet users and celebrities across the globe.  Anyone can apply to participate in the readings on this website g.co/chekhov until August 10.  Watch the final livestream on +YouTube on September 25.  

The idea behind this project is to bring classic literature, modern theatre, and internet technologies together to make works of one of the most iconic Russian short story and play writers of all time - Anton Chekhov - interactive and widely accessible. This project is  part of the official program of the Year of Literature in Russia.

Explore more about the author’s famous home Melikhovo in 360 degrees here https://goo.gl/KgoIQs.  During his 7 years in this cozy rural estate outside Moscow, Chekhov wrote 42 masterpieces including ""Ward No.6 "" and the plays The Seagull and Uncle Vanya.  Explore the story behind his stories in this online exhibit https://goo.gl/tmKNjz from the Museum A.P. Chekhov "Melikhovo".
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The American artist and poet Katharine (Kay) Sage (1898-1963) was born on this day in 1898. Sage was a fascinating and often overlooked Surrealist artist.   Although influenced earlier in her career by the well-known Andre Breton, Yves Tanguy, Dali, and Giorgio de Chirico she established her own visual language after moving to the United States at the outbreak of WWII.  She was married to Yves Tanguy and was conscious of the fact that her reputation was overshadowed by her famous spouse, also a Surrealist.  Because of this, Sage rarely exhibited her work alongside his. It was not until 1954, a year before Tanguy's untimely death, that she agreed to participate in a joint exhibition held at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Explore Margin of Silence one of her meticulous oil paintings featuring in that show.  Renewed interest in her work is revealing her genius and mutual influence on Yves Tanguy and other artists of the post-war period.
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Henry VIII was crowned King of England on this day in 1509. This is one of the most well-known portraits of the famously tall monarch, who stood 1.9 meters (6 feet 2 inches): https://goo.gl/Zr1zDY It came from the workshop of the German painter Hans Holbein the Younger, who spent much of his career painting portraits for the English court.  Henry VIII actually commissioned this full-length portrait and a matching one of his third wife Jane Seymour to decorate a wall in Whitehall Palace. This surviving portrait, painted on a wood panel is actually a copy likely to have been painted in same period (ca.1537-47). In 2003 it was painstakingly restored by the conservators at the +Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool http://goo.gl/bKYXOs
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On June 22, 2013 Mount Fuji in Japan was designed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The perfectly-shaped, snow-capped peak has been a favorite subject for countless artists, most memorably "36 Views of Mount Fuji" by the great Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849). Images like this one called "Fine Wind, Clear Weather" (凱風快晴 Gaifū kaisei) also nicknamed "Red Fuji" set off a trend for picture albums of historic sites.    
The Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji series is one of Hokusai's benchmark works in the famous scenery genre and indeed is historically important as the series that established the famous sites genre in ukiyo-e prints. This print from the series, known by its nickname "Red Fuji," and The Great Wave off Kanagawa known as "The Great Wave," are two particularly renowned works from the series. Compared to the complex coiling composition of the Great Wave,...
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Today marks the bi-centenary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
Led by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard von Blücher, 100,000 British, Dutch, and Prussian troops finally defeated the French emperor and his troops after 23 years of warfare.
Virtual reality was in order for the artist behind this monumental depiction of a British regiment at Waterloo - over 7 feet wide - which now hangs in the +National Gallery of Victoria. To get a sense of the actual battlefield, Elizabeth Thompson managed to get the British Army to re-enact the regiment's 300-man battle formation, complete with firing off live rounds of ammunition. #Waterloo  
While disapproving of war, Elizabeth Thompson (later Lady Butler) respected deeply the heroism of the individual soldier. Writing in her diary on 9 May 1866, she observed: ‘My own reading of war – that mysteriously inevitable recurrence throughout the sorrowful history of our world – is that it calls forth the noblest and the basest impulses of human nature’. The meticulous accuracy she brought to her depictions of the Napoleonic, Afghan and Boer...
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The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed and diverse art institutions. 
Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, you can now explore art collections from around the world, view artworks at incredible zoom levels and create your own gallery.

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