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In pictures: Prado Museum project

Third of May

Spain's Prado Museum has teamed up with Google Earth for a project that allows people to zoom in on the gallery's main works.

Third of May detail

Fourteen paintings can be viewed in detail, including Francisco de Goya's Third of May.

Prado Museum

The project involved taking 8,200 photographs between May and July last year which were then combined with Google Earth's zoom-in technology.

Descent of Christ from the Cross

Google Spain director Javier Rodriguez Zapatero said the images could be seen 1,400 times clearer than what would be rendered with a 10-megapixel camera.

Descent of Christ from the Cross detail

A microscopic teardrop can now be seen in Roger van der Weyden's Descent of Christ from the Cross.

Las Meninas

The project also includes 3D models which allow users to fly around the Prado building to experience the museum as if they were actually there.



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