We can thank a couple of friends for reminding me to post "The Art Project" (powered by google) as a great resource to study artwork around the world without leaving your home or office. Every time I go to this website (which is fairly new), I find myself caught up in studying the details of the available paintings and keep forgetting to do a blog post. That must be a positive sign.
I hope you have the same enjoyable experience. While the selection is still limited, surely it will grow!
A friend from Smithsonian Institution sent me some details about this project - I'm forwarding part of the body of his letter below.