articles: Virtual reality more real every day...
From physical to immaterial, the change to the observer's point of viewDomenico Olivero (translated by Savina Carluccio)
Like in the real world, the virtual one offers everything and for art lovers it is definitely a great chance to get closer to it and to educate ourselves.
The growing informational and archival material that can be accessed directly on the internet is a fantastic opportunity. Finally, art lovers can use this visual library and find hundreds of images, be able to make use of them immediately even if they are unattainable or located far away. You will not see them in person but it definitely satisfies a need.
Among the many initiatives, I have already been writing about Google Art Project, which continues to grow without too much noise. This is certainly a wonderful initiative and, given its success, definitely helpful. This amazing "virtual museum" collects now over 30,000 works from 150 museums scattered across 40 countries, all visible with a perfect degree of resolution, for selected artworks with greater detail than what you can see with the naked eye.
Dynamic virtual tours of the places are now being added to the images. Among the latest acquisitions there are the Capitoline Museums, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and the White House.
In the virtual Roman museum the most important works will be available to view as the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii, a 360° view of the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Lupa Capitolina, the Spinario, the Esquiline Venus, the bust of Medusa and many other works located in this historical space.
Other services and features are connected to the virtual visit via Google+ which allow the user to create individual collections and searches, an opportunity that until a few years ago seemed impossible.
Domenico Olivero (translated by Savina Carluccio) - April 8, 2012
[This article originally appeared in Italian: La realtà virtuale sempre più vera..]