When set up in front of an artwork, the camera photographs the piece, zooming in on the tiniest of details. The entire process takes less than an hour, saving cataloguing specialists hours. The Art Camera can produce images of over a billion pixels (gigapixels.)

20 of the cameras will initially be loaned to museums in exchange for the museum allowing their images collected via the camera to be archived in the Google Art Project.

The Google Art Project was launched in 2011 with the aim to create a hub for institutions all over the world to show store their collections. Now more than 1 000 institutions have used the platform to upload over 6 million pictures. Google Art Project has revolutionized art data by allowing digital access to works which are in storage or being restored.

The Google Art Project The Google Art Project

The Art Camera and the Google Art Project has been met with critics, who claim the inventions are dangerous steps closer to a world in which people neglect the importance of viewing art in person, choosing to view it through a digital screen.