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Google Debuts ‘Art Talks’ Series to Reveal Stories Behind Masterpieces

Art Lab: Not Google Art Talks, but probably a little more fun.

Art Lab: Not Google Art Talks, but probably a little more fun.

Find yourself musing about Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile? Google is debuting “Art Talks,” a new online series that sheds insight into the stories behind famous masterpieces and artists.

The Internet giant announced its creative venture, which viewers can access via Hangouts on Air on Google Art Project’s Google+ page, Monday.

Art Talks will feature curators, museum directors, historians and educators who will effectively act as gallery guides, providing an in-depth view of various artworks. Following its launch on March 6 at 8 p.m. ET from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, the series will continue taking place every month. For its inaugural talk, Deborah Howes, MoMA’s director of digital learning, will explain how to teach art online.

The next talk, on depictions of the female nude, will be from the National Gallery in London on March 20. Future talks are slated to include institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

“We hope that Art Talks is the next step in bringing art to your armchair, wherever you are in the world, with just a click of a button,” Google Cultural Institute’s Lucy Schwartz said in a blog post.

By Anita Li,, March 5, 2013.

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