Google captures museum's art and soul

A distinctive Omer calendar is among items from the Jewish Museum collection which are featured in the Google Art Project

A distinctive Omer calendar is among items from the Jewish Museum collection which are featured in the Google Art Project

A Google visual arts venture is shedding new light on some of the Jewish Museum's most cherished exhibits.

The Camden museum is one of just 12 UK collections to feature in the Google Art Project, an online gallery of 30,000 artworks from 151 international partners. Some of the works have been photographed in super high resolution, enabling viewers to study them in intricate detail. Users can also build up a personal "gallery" of favourites.

Jewish Museum director Rickie Burman said that 150 pieces from its collections were being shown, ranging from Chanucah lamps to wedding rings and historical curiosities such as the London Jewish Bakers' Union banner.

"The museum's inclusion reflects the beauty and significance of our collections, which have been awarded designated status in recognition of their outstanding international and national importance".

Other project partners include the Israel Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the V&A.

Last updated: 3:46pm, April 19 2012