The Google Cultural Institute has presented its latest innovation, the Art Camera. Utilising sophisticated software inspired by the sonar detection abilities of a bat, the camera is able to produce gigapixel ­images, allowing viewers to extract details, which are impossible to detect with the naked eye.

Apart from offering a close-up of the masterpieces, Google's Art Camera also ensures that fragile and delicate paintings can be examined by the art-loving public, without said public in close proximity.

The Art Camera has already captured the priceless artworks of masters including Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso and Monet. It will now travel to 25 different museums around the world to showcase more artworks in ultra-high resolution.

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To get up close and personal with the masterpieces, visit google.com.