Image: Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa (the Joconde in French), Paris, Musée du Louvre © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre)/ Michel Urtado
Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is a virtual reality experience that brings to life the story of the Mona Lisa, the iconic masterpiece by artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). It is the first VR experience presented by the Louvre and is on display in the museum’s seminal retrospective exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death in France, on view in the Hall Napoléon from October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020. An extended version of the VR experience is available for download through VIVEPORT and other online platforms, for audiences across the globe.
Seen by more than 20,000 people each day, the Mona Lisa is kept in protective casing due to its fragility. Through VR, the Louvre is now able to feature this world’s best-known painting in its retrospective of da Vinci’s work, while offering visitors a chance to experience the iconic image as never before. Incorporating new scientific research, Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass reveals details invisible to the naked eye, as well as providing insight into the techniques da Vinci used, and the identity of his sitter.
The extended version of Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass transports viewers from their homes into the Louvre, entering the museum through its famous Pyramid before traveling through the Grand Gallery. The experience also features additional works by da Vinci, providing greater insight into the celebrated artist’s oeuvre.
Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass was developed by Emissive in close collaboration with the curatorial team at the Louvre – the world’s most-visited art museum, receiving 10.2 million visitors in 2018. The experience removes the crowds that typically surround the Mona Lisa, allowing viewers to come face-to-face with da Vinci’s masterpiece before soaring across the painting’s mountainous landscape. Bringing da Vinci’s vision to life for a new generation, Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass evokes the spirit of innovation at the heart of his practice.
Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is presented by the Louvre with the support of HTC VIVE Arts.
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