04 April 2012

South African rock art joins the Google Art Project

The Rock Art Research Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is now collaborating with the Google Art Project to make South Africa's rockart available online. The Art Project currently includes more than 30,000 high-resolution artworks from around the world, with Street View images for over 46 museums.

The selection of the artworks from South Africa includes rock art images from five different community-run tourism sites in South Africa, including those in Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve and Kamberg Nature Reserve, as well as over 50 works from the South African National Gallery collection (Cape Town). The South African National Gallery collection also includes photographs of cultural artefacts such as beaded aprons, headrests, and engraved cattle horns, some of which date to the 19th century.

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