The AGO Joins Google Art Project…and I Find a Portrait of My Great(+) Grandfather, James Watt

I was incredibly excited to find out that the Art Gallery of Ontario had joined Google Art Project to allow direct online access to its collection.

“The Toronto-based Art Gallery of Ontario is the first Canadian museum to join the Google Art Project, which allows access to its collections over the internet.

Last year, Google partnered with 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, including the Tate in London and the Palace of Versailles, to launch the Google Art Project.

On Tuesday, it announced another 100 museums in 35 countries would be joining the project…” (CBC)

I had barely made it through the first few pieces when suddenly I came across a familiar name. Actually, a relative!

James Watt, my great(+) grandfather.

You can check out the portrait on Art Project here.

I wasn’t aware the AGO had a portrait of him in their collection. I’ll definitely have to go see it next time I’m at the gallery!

Find out more about Google Art Project and the AGO’s involvement here on the CBC or in the clip below.

Check out the AGO on Google Art Project here.

You can also find out more about James Watt, inventor “described as one of the most influential figures in human history”,  here.