At this point, Google is less a tech company than an enormous mass of information, absorbing museums, libraries, laboratories, phone companies and whole species, until eventually it contains everything in the world. (Akira, anyone? Anyone?) At this point, its only competitors are Apple and religion. It’s going to be a brave new world…especially if you’ve got a smart phone.
Their latest triumph is with the Prado, Spain’s greatest reliquary of renaissance paintings. They just surrendered fourteen of their most famous paintings into the digital maw of Google Maps, meaning high-res versions are now available to anyone lucky enough to run across the link. (It’s here, by the way.)
Our favorite is posted above: Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (our favorite kind of delights). But there’s plenty more where that came from.