Google has launched a new layer in Google Earth that allows users to explore highly detailed images of fourteen of the Spanish Prado Museum's masterpieces.

The Prado layer sees the Prado Museum in Madrid becoming the first art gallery in the world to provide access to and navigation of its collection in Google Earth.

The paintings have been photographed in very high resolution and contain as many as 14,000 million pixels (14 gigapixels).

Google says: "Using Google Earth, art historians, students and tourists everywhere can zoom in on and explore the finer details of the artist's brushwork that can be easily missed at first glance".

To view the layer, select 3D buildings from the left panel and type "Prado" in the "fly to" search box.