Now when you’re visiting foreign cities you can ditch your guide and give yourself a tour of the historic locations that inspired famous works of fine art there. The creators of geocodedArt, a new project looking for funding on Kickstarter, purport to have gathered a database of 1000s of famous paintings from around the world and coded the precise locations their canvases depict.
Being at the site of where a work of art was conceived would surely lend an entirely unique perspective from which to appreciate the piece – one that couldn’t be found in a museum. In fact we must surely pass by locations each week in our day-to-day commutes that served as the inspiration for brilliant art pieces. Perhaps the same smart phones that would introduce us to these places are currently distracting us from otherwise being familiar with them.
It remains to be seen if the developers behind geocodedArt will make an app that helps us cope with the gloomy side effects of juxtaposing the pristine beauty of pre-modern age landscapes with their present day counterparts. But what’s certain is that mobile technology is making fine art more approachable and democratic. And it is introducing new ways to admire art outside of the confines of the museum.