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The World War II codebreaking center at Bletchley Park played a crucial role in the Allied victory and helped kickstart the computing age. Today two new initiatives are bringing Bletchley Park's story to a wider audience. 

First, you can now explore digital archives—including photos of the Bombe machines that helped crack the Enigma code, and of Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer—from the Bletchley Park Trust on the Google Cultural Institute site: http://goo.gl/Ao6ml

Second, we're sharing a film about the Bombe featuring one of its original operators, Jean Valentine. Women like Jean made up the majority of Bletchley Park’s personnel, working as cryptographers, machine operators, clerks and more. In this video Jean shows how the Bombe worked and talks about life at Bletchley Park during the war.

Read more on our blog: http://goo.gl/PirVe
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Incidentally the RAF Chinese exploits and mementos were accpted by the Imperial War Museum a couple of years ago and are exhibited there.
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Ever wished you could compare two artworks side by side? Maybe even compare their details, technique, colours? 
Well, you can.

The Art Project feature Compare enables you to pick any two works from the site and to zoom into both of them, side by side.

How does it work?
From an aggregated view of artworks, drag any two artworks to the left-hand side bar of the site, one after the other. Both artworks will then appear on your screen and you will be able to zoom into both of them separately.

There are lots of interesting works to compare: paintings and sketches, artists that influenced and inspired each other, the evolution of an artist's work and technique, representations of the same reality by different artists... and many more!

In the example below, we compared two versions of "The Life Line" by Winslow Homer, a drawing from 1882 and the final painting he created in 1884: http://g.co/artproject/ar5d
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Here's one fascinating collection we'd like to highlight: +Museo del Oro has the biggest pre-Hispanic goldwork collection in the world.

Have a look at Museo del Oro's collection here: http://g.co/artproject/b65g
and view over 120 objects that testify to the life and thought of different societies which inhabited what is now known as Colombia, before contact was made with Europe.
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Boom!
 
WOW! We can’t believe this...
The Art Project community has just reached 1 million followers on Google+! This is amazing! 
We are thrilled. Thank you so much to all of you!!

What better way to celebrate than with some art :)
#Thanksamillion !
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CANNOT WAIT for this!
 
From Rembrandt to Vermeer, Gainsborough to JMW Turner, Kenwood House in London has one of Britain's greatest art collections - now these masterpieces are back on display in the newly restored and repaired 18th century villa http://ow.ly/rbDQT 
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Great stuff from SMK, I can't decide what to vote for!
 
Google Art Project is making a Gigapixel image of one artwork from SMK's collection. This will enable you to zoom into the microspcopic details of the selected artwork.

We need your help to decide which of these 10 artworks should be our Gigapixel artwork. Just give your favourite artwork +1

The winner will be announced on December 1st on the front page of www.smk.dk/en/

The selected SMK Gigapixel artwork will be added to the 48 others currently available in the Google Art Project http://www.googleartproject.com/artworks/
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Follow us at the Google Cultural Institute for much more like this...
 
From the Great Barrier Reef to Hanauma Bay, dive underwater with Street View! You can now swim with sea turtles and through coral reefs on the World Wonders Project : http://goo.gl/0eWXx

With vibrant and stunning photos and videos, you can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. 

The World Wonders Project is a digital archive of the world’s heritage sites and is part of Google Cultural Institute. Find out more at: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/about/wonders.html
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This week's artwork spotlight is Louis Comfort Tiffany's stunning window "A Wooded Landscape in Three Panels" from +The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!

This glass window "is a unified forest scene spanning three panels. 
Like a living landscape, during the course of a day the scene changes in appearance, responding to the light surrounding it."

Tiffany created it by "layering different textures, thicknesses, and colours of glass on top of each other within the window - just as an artist might layer paint on a canvas".

Zoom deep into this image and discover the window's subtle colour combinations!!
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"Pink Man on a Tour #6 (Amazing Rice Field. Northern Thailand)" by Thailand's leading photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom is today's spotlight.

This photo is part of a famous series of works featuring the enigmatic figure of the Pink Man, a critique of present-day Thai society and a symbol of conspicuous consumption.

Transported to a rice field, the Pink Man looks on nonchalantly in isolation, Manit's statement on the perceived image of Thailand –- the Land of Smiles.

You can enjoy this work online thanks to the contribution of the National Heritage Board, Singapore.
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