Visiting the Mona Lisa on the Louvre in Paris is usually a dreary, crowded expertise. The museum, nonetheless, will quickly provide an alternate technique to expertise the portrait by way of VR with the assist of HTC VIVE Arts.
The VR expertise, titled Mona Lisa: Past the Glass, will final round 7 minutes and be supplied as half of a bigger upcoming exhibition on the Louvre focusing fully on Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition, together with the VR expertise, coincides with the 500th anniversary of the artist’s dying and can run from October 24 to Feb 24, 2020. It additionally requires a reservation forward of time.
The expertise provides a approach for extra individuals to expertise the work regardless of ever-present crowds when visiting the portrait in particular person. In case you’ve ever been to the Louvre, you’ll perceive that as a result of sheer variety of individuals and small dimension of the portrait, it will probably usually really feel underwhelming and, to some, not definitely worth the effort to see the Mona Lisa in particular person.
“Mona Lisa: Past the Glass reveals particulars invisible to the bare eye, in addition to offering perception into the strategies da Vinci used, and the id of his sitter,” in keeping with HTC VIVE Arts. Past the Glass will begin in the identical, cramped portrait room that hosts the Mona Lisa within the Louvre, however the crowds will quickly fade away leaving you alone with the portrait. You’ll additionally expertise the portrait in quite a lot of totally different settings, together with witnessing a model of the topic herself sitting down for the portrait.
There can be 15 headset stations current on the exhibition within the Louvre, however the expertise also needs to be obtainable for VR customers at house by way of VIVEPORT and “different platforms“, which have but to be detailed. The house model of the expertise is longer and includes a totally different opening.
Ticket to the expertise are €17 and obtainable for reservation on the Louvre’s web site.