France may not be ahead of the curve when it comes to race and immigration lately, but even the wide reach of the US-based Google Art Project seems to fall short when it comes to this country's fine art collection.
Unsurprisingly, France has already valued--and more importantly, organized--their cultural commodities and so far has protected such world famous art works like "Mona Lisa" from the grasps of American technological hegemony and control. Unlike many recognizable works of art, you won't be able to view "Mona Lisa" through Google's latest project. That's because "Mona Lisa," along with "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne" and "Saint Jean-Baptiste," is already displayed online at C2RMF.
This is a clear instance where a country has actually been prepared for new yet foreign technological projects coming their way. France has an extremely strong history of promoting its culture and soft power throughout the world and it's pretty impressive to see a country that has already established an online system for advancing their cultural influence well before the progressive likes of Google.
The Google Art Project has signed on with the Musée d'Orsay but is still "in talks" with the Louvre Museum. We'll see if the Louvre feels the need to join the masses anytime soon...
[Update: Louvre Museum using Nintendo 3Ds as guides!]