Rendering of the VR experience 'Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass,' on view at the Louvre next fall © Image Courtesy of Emissive and HTC Vive Arts

The Louvre is presenting VR ‘Mona Lisa’ for Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

June 17th, 2019
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The Louvre will hold a retrospective on Leonardo da Vinci, opening on Oct. 24, to mark the 500-year anniversary of the Italian artist’s death.

The exhibition, curated by Vincent Delieuvin and Louis Frank, will include paintings from the museum’s collection, including the iconic “Mona Lisa”.

Mona Lisa

Rendering of the VR experience “Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass”. Image: Courtesy of Emissive and HTC Vive Arts via AFP Relaxnews

The Louvre will also present the museum’s first virtual reality (VR) experience, organized in partnership with HTC Vive Arts. The initiative, entitled “Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass”, will enable visitors to interact with da Vinci’s masterpiece in a virtual space.

They will be able to gain new insight into the “Mona Lisa” based on new scientific research, including further information on the identity of the sitter.

Mona Lisa

Rendering of the VR experience “Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass”. Image: Courtesy of Emissive and HTC Vive Arts via AFP Relaxnews

“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,” said Dominique de Font-Réaulx, director of mediation and cultural programming at the Louvre, in a statement.

“Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass”, produced in collaboration with the Louvre’s curatorial team, will also be available as a home version on HTC’s digital subscription service, VIVEPORT, alongside other VR platforms.

The Louvre’s retrospective on Leonardo da Vinci will be on view from Oct. 24, 2019 to Feb. 24, 2020. RGA/JB

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