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Google celebrates the 90 years of Fernando Botero with interactive paintings

This day the artist Ferdinand Botero turns 90 and Google is celebrating it through Google Arts & Culture to highlight with interactive proposals of his work and people learn more about him.


The technological platform pointed out that they are highlighting more than 100 digitized images and online collections for people to experience, interact and learn about the stories behind the most representative paintings of the Colombian painter.

On Google’s digital platform, anyone can learn more about the details of the painter’s techniques, the motivations behind his most famous works and the stories that accompanied his iconic creations.


One of the artist’s most famous paintings is his oil-based recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting from the early 16th century: the intriguing portrait depicting the noblewoman Lisa del Giocondo. It was in 1978 that he painted his own version of her, where her forms are exaggerated, as can be seen on Google Arts & Culture.

Augmented Reality Options

From the comfort of a mobile device, people can live the experience of admiring the works of the Latin American artist, they only need to enter this link:, or by downloading the Google Arts & Culture app. Culture from your iOS or Android app store.


But not only are the works digitized, but they can be seen in augmented reality and with brief explanations in text, to learn more about the paintings and their author.

Also, the images can be displayed anywhere in their homes through Art Projector and even capture the moment with the camera. On the other hand, two of the most important works: 20 de Julio” and “Guitar Lesson”, which are in the National Museum of Colombia, are available to appreciate at Art Zoom.

This last tool allows the visitor to feel that they are observing the work in detail, since the zoom allows each detail, each brushstroke and stroke made by the artist to appreciate the art to be seen in high definition.


“Using Art Zoom, the Colombian singer, J Balvin, explained in a video the work ’20 de Julio’ remembering his childhood and recounting the characteristics of Boterismo.”

Who is Botero?

It should be remembered that Fernando Botero is the creator of the artistic current “Boterismo” characterized by bulky characters and an explosive color palette. His signature style depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volumes, which has been used to represent political criticism or humor depending on the piece.

His artistic training was self-taught, despite the fact that he attended the San Fernando Academy in Madrid and the San Marcos Academy in Florence. The first known works of his are the illustrations that he published in the literary supplement of the newspaper The Colombianfrom his hometown.

At the age of 19, he traveled to Bogotá, where he presented his first individual exhibition of watercolours, gouaches, inks and oils at the Leo Matiz Gallery, and with the proceeds he lived for some time in Tolú. From his stay there would come the oil painting Facing the Sea, with which he won the second prize for painting at the IX Annual Exhibition of Colombian Artists. In 1977 he exhibited his bronzes for the first time at the Grand Palais in Paris. After four decades of uninterrupted work, his recognition in the field of sculpture also became universal.


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