San Francisco – Artkick, a free app that delivers classic artworks to a video screen, recently added the Google Chromecast smart-TV dongle to its list of host smart TVs and add-on devices.
The Artkick service specializes in delivering famous masterpieces — including Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Vincent van Gogh’s “Self Portrait (with straw hat),” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” — in FullHD 1080p resolution.
The app is now part of the Google Chromecast selection, joining Roku devices and Samsung TVs. It will also soon be appearing on Sharp TVs this month, followed by LG, Sony and Vizio in April, the company said.
Artkick’s mission is to offer fine artworks to help transform static TV screens into framed masterpieces.
An Artkick spokesperson said, “We are constantly adding to our library. In a few weeks we will double number of images so that we have over 100,000. Later this year we will add premium content which will be available for a monthly fee.”
Other fine art images among the 32 available on Artkick now include the following: “The Card Players” by Paul Cezanne; “The Concert” by Johannes Vermeer; “The Wedding Dance” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder; “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt; “Bal du Moulin de la Galette” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir; “Irises” by Vincent van Gogh; “Massacre of the Innocents” by Peter Paul Rubens; “The Visitation' by Rembrandt; “Le Mont Sainte-Victoire vu des Lauves” by Paul Cezanne; “Water Lily Pond” by Claude Monet; and “Still Life, Drapery, Pitcher and Fruit Bowl” by Paul Cezanne.
To display this grand collection of art on any TV, simply download the Artkick app and choose the "Most Valuable Paintings" view list.
Artkick CEO Sheldon Laube is the former chief innovation officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers.