There is little else comparable to seeing fabulous art up close at an art gallery or museum. But, if for some reason that is not possible (living in a small town, no money for admission or travel, etc.), the iPad makes a wonderful alternative. Art gallery apps bring art from around the world to you in a way that is completely personal and totally immersive. Let’s take a look at 4 gallery apps that will rock your art world. As a warning, art apps like these can take up a LOT of space. I’ll let you know just how much space with each app.
Art Collection HD (iPad) & Art Collection (iPhone)
With more than 20,000 pieces of art, Art Collection is one of the best ways to really connect with art that may not be available to the public or would require travel to see. Instead of looking from afar or not being able to look at all, you can interact and explore art through amazing photographs.
Zoom into photos for a closer look, watch a slideshow, compare 2 artworks at once (seen in the photo at left), and take a quiz to become a real art expert (seen in photo below). Each artwork has the name of the piece, name of the artist, category, description of the piece, and information on the artist.
Swipe through the entire collection using gestures and search for art by name of either the artist or the work of art. When looking at one piece, you can press shuffle to get a random work of art to look at.
Mark works as a favorite so that you can find them again easily. Save them to your device and share them with friends by email and on social networks.
One of my favorite features of Art Collection is that it allows you to edit a work of art using Aviary. Aviary is something you are probably familiar with by look if not by name. It is used by many apps to edit photos and is dead simple to use and fun to boot.
Art Collection HD is currently $3.99 and is 538.6 MB. Art Collection for the iPhone is the same price and 534.2 MB. The reason the app is so large is that everything is available whether you have an Internet connection or not.
Art Expert HD (iPad) & Art Expert (iPhone)
With more than 12,000 works of art, Art Expert brings you paintings and sculpture from many time periods, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism. Art Expert is by the same developer as Art Collection but has a different look and feel.
Browse the collection using gestures or buttons. Search the collection by artist name (more than 3,000 artists). Slideshow mode is also available. The only thing I don’t like about Art Expert is that you can’t always see the whole work on the screen at once. Often you have to scroll up or down to see the whole piece.
There is an ultra zoom so that you can inspect each piece as close as you want. Just tap the plus sign to add a piece to your favorites. Save individual pieces, share them on Facebook and Twitter, and email them to anyone. You can even copy and paste them into a text message.
I finally found the settings for this app and for Art Collection. They are in the Settings app and not in the app itself, which is common enough but confusing.
You can compare works like you can in Art Collection, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it at first. What you have to do is select the from the left first and then the right.
The quiz game that Art Collection has makes a reappearance in Art Expert and is possibly one of the best features of the app. You really could become an art expert by playing this game.
Art Expert HD is $3.99 and is 1728.3 MB. Art Expert for iPhone is also $3.99 and is 1729.2 MB. An Internet connection is required for translations. No Internet connection is needed to view the art.
National Gallery, London HD (universal)
With 1,635 paintings from the National Gallery in London, this app features some of the best art by the best artists (more than 500 artists) that the gallery has to offer. You can browse art by century, genre, or name. You can also search for art using the name of the artist you are looking for.
As you browse through a section, you can set up a custom filter so that you only see art by the artists that you choose.
Download individual artworks, download all art in a section, or download all art in the app at once all in HD. You can also send HD artwork individually by email to anyone and post it to Facebook and Twitter.
Add art to your favorites so that all your favorite works are readily available at any time within the app. Watch a slideshow of all work easily. You can also look at art on your TV if you have the VGA cables needed to mirror your iPad on your TV.
National Gallery currently costs $1.99 and is only 26.1 MB of space. Try National Gallery, London HD Free, as well.
European Art HD (universal)
This app is made by the same developer of National Gallery, HD. Other apps offered by the developer of the same nature are Impressionism HD, Landscape Art HD, Louvre Art Gallery, Russian Painting HD, and Soviet Posters HD. Most of the apps have a free version that you can try, too. The developer’s name is Evolution Games LLP.
European Art HD features 865 pieces of art from collections in Europe. It has the exact same features as the National Gallery, London HD app, so I won’t repeat them here.
The collection of European art encompasses classic to modern art from around the world. It is divided up into 18 genres, including Animals, Veduta, Landscape, Pastoral, Parsuna, Still Life, Portrait, Historical, and Battle, to name a few.
Each artwork has information on it about the artist and style of art (oil, watercolor, etc.). Just click on the little “i” for more information.
European Art HD is currently 99 cents and is 188.5 MB.
That’s it for me today. Until later, …