Arago Transports Armchair Travelers to France

March 2, 2013 by

France is famous for art, and it’s no wonder with top museums like the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay residing within its borders. But for many, a trip to the country to indulge in masterworks isn’t possible.

Luckily, a new site is helping to transport travelers to France, without the plane ride. Arago is a new portal to all of France’s photography archives, and best of all, it’s free.

At its launch, the site included 30,000 images from 20 institutions across the country, including collections of the General des Patrimoines and public establishments under the Ministry of Culture. The site will continue to expand, and will eventually include private collections along with more public pieces.

The site does require a little basic French language skills, as an English version is not currently provided, but site visitors can search for photographs by artist (auteurs), themes, technique or even by which museum the photos are from.

Guests can also discover artworks via the Gallery option, which features two strips of photos that continuously scroll on the screen.

Want to check out even more art from your armchair? Head over to the Google Art Project, which showcases 30,000 works of art from 40 different countries.

photo credit: Arago

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  1. Joquena says:

    Thanks for sharing… this is as close as I’ll get to vacationing abroad for a LONG time!

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