Mona Lisa gets a virtual reality avatar

Mona Lisa gets a virtual reality avatar

Adding a contemporary hue to the series of exhibitions going on to celebrate 500th death anniversary of Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, the Louvre Museum has announced it will be debuting its first-ever virtual reality work in tandem with the exhibition.

The VR work will be titled Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass and is being produced by the exhibition’s curators in collaboration with HTC VIVE Arts. It will allow users to get up-close to the work, which is heavily protected and perpetually mobbed by museumgoers. The VR experience is intended to shed new light on Leonardo’s techniques as well as on the identity of the sitter. The VR work will also be accessible as a home version for those with digital subscriptions.

“The public will be able to discover an immersive experience of an extraordinary masterpiece. This collaboration will allow visitors to meet and learn more about the Mona Lisa herself, beyond the myths and legends that have accompanied her for more than 500 years.,” Dominique de Font-Réaulx, director of mediation and cultural programming at the Louvre said in a statement.

Photo: Courtesy HTC VIVE Arts.

The Louvre’s Leonardo exhibition opens on October 24, 2019, and runs through February 24, 2020.

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