Google and National Museum showcase Indian mini artworks using AI and AR


Google Arts & Culture partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature Indian artworks in a magical new way using artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR).

According to Google Arts & Culture, miniature paintings, which are about the same size as a small book, are among the most technically-advanced art forms in Indian culture.

Google Arts & Culture is using technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and high-definition robotic cameras to showcase the paintings as part of its ‘Life in Miniature‘ project.

Users can virtually wander the halls of a special ‘Pocket Gallery’, also the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture.

Google launches ‘Life in Miniature’ project

‘Magnify Miniatures’ uses AI to find connections in tiny details across a collection of mini paintings, while ‘Art Camera’ deployed an ultra-high-resolution robotic camera to produce the most vivid images of masterpieces ever seen.

In addition, the virtual collection includes 1,200 high-resolution Indian miniature paintings from 25 collections all around the world and more than 75 stories.

Other highlights include a musical guided tour of miniature artworks and an audio tour of miniatures, while users can discover the history of miniature paintings and colour their own Indian miniature.

AR-powered art gallery and robotic cameras

Last year, Google Arts & Culture joined forces with the Palace of Versailles to offer a private virtual reality (VR) tour of the former home of French royalty.