My search brought me to the website of Old Masters Picture Gallery Dresden (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden) http://www.dresdengallery.com/
What a surprise, the gallery has built a replica in Second Life. I teleported to the gallery in SL instantly and landed near the pond in the middle of the building complex which, I learned later, was a Zwinger palace, the palace of Augustus the strong, elector of Saxony in 1700s.
It was love at the first sight. I think it would be hard for anyone not to fall in love with the Baroque style and neoclassical buildings there. The Old Masters Picture Gallery was located in a building called Semper Wing, the fourth wing added to the three-winged Zwinger palace. It took me a while to find the Semper Wing. (Hey..it was really a huge complex) As soon as I stepped into Semper Wing, I was stunned by the beauty of Neo-Renaisance interior. It might sound strange to you that one could shiver physically just being in something virtual but I did.
I didn't know where to start. I read that the gallery had 750 masterpieces from European art history and some of them were among the most famous and supreme paintings like Raphael´s "Sistine Madonna" or Giorgione´s "Sleeping Venus". I decided to go for the most talked about first. As I explored the green rooms and pink rooms in search of those paintings, I stumbled across hundreds of other masterpieces including my favourite painting by Johannes Vameer "Girl Reading a Letter" . I clicked the paintings to get notecards of information. Some paintings had audio guide I could listen to.
The paintings themselves were supreme. Combined with the ability to explore them in 3 dimentional virtual gallery WITH other people made them almost divine. This was something that I couldn't do in Google Art Project.
I still have lots to learn there. My next learning target is "Das Schokoladen Mädchen" or "The Chocolate Girl" by Liotard. There was a chocolate girl costume sold in the gift shop near the gallery entrance. It would be great to dress up as we learn, wouldn't it? (Ugh.....but the costume costs L$450) . I hope to join other activities in virtual Dresden Gallery in the near future. Would you come with me?
Dresden Gallery in Second Life: