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Still from Mona Lisa Beyond the Glass
Courtesy Emissive and HTC Vive Arts

Visitors to the blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Musée du Louvre in Paris this autumn will be able to see the Mona Lisa as part of a virtual reality experience. The project, entitled Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass and on view from 24 October to 24 February 2020, is the museums first VR work, marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance polymaths death.

Curators at the Louvre produced the new piece in collaboration with the company HTC Vive Arts. New research throwing light on the artists techniques underpins the VR experience, which will also focus on the identity of the sitter, a subject of intense speculation over the centuries. The work will also be available as a home version on digital subscription (HTC Vive Arts is the offshoot global arts programme of HTC electronics).

According to a project statement: “Visitors will have the rare chance to be immersed into the worlds most iconic painting, stepping behind the glass to access the intriguing portrait up close in an entirely new, transformative way.”

It remains unclear however if the work Salvator Mundi, a painting of Christ that sold for $450m at Christies in New York in 2017 as a work by Leonardo, will be included in the anniversary show. Earlier this year, Louvre officials said they hope to show the wood-panel painting in the forthcoming exhibition. A Louvre spokeswoman says: “There is nothing new on this subject: the Musée du LouvRead More – Source

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