Turn Your Smartphone Into an Art Gallery
Whether you have an iOS or an Android device, a nifty app lets you see Vermeer’s priceless artwork in a gallery setting using Augmented Reality (AR). Here’s how it works.
Download the app
Go to your phone’s app store and download the Google Arts & Culture app. Open the app and search for “Vermeer.” You’ll find several articles that give you more information about the man and his art. Scroll down until you find the AR feature called “The complete works in augmented reality,” and click on “Get started.” The app walks you through how to set up your phone to take advantage of AR.
Stroll through an art gallery
Once you have your phone set up, you’ll see a simulated art gallery you can “stroll” through. In it, you’ll find Vermeer’s amazing artwork displayed on the virtual walls in lifelike detail. Each of his 36 paintings is life-size and well-lit, and you can get close enough to see the details.
As you stroll, you’ll have the option to learn more about each painting through guided insights into his artwork. For example, when you come across “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” you can listen to audio of Tracy Chevalier, best-selling author of the book by the same name. She sheds light on Vermeer’s art and his mysterious life.
Here’s a screenshot of the AR image that my phone projected on my desk.
This is an exterior, aerial overhead view of the art gallery. You can see a few paintings in the screenshot on the green walls. Enter the gallery, walk around its halls and get up close to Vermeer’s paintings by dragging, pinching or tapping your smartphone’s screen.
As you get close to paintings, more information will pop up on the screen, allowing you to delve further into Vermeer’s amazing life and artwork.
Hopefully this is just the first in a long line of AR art galleries you can peruse on your smartphone.