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The Virtual Museum

This week the project “Meet Vermeer” was presented in Amsterdam, an initiative of Google and the Mauritshuis museum, which will allow knowing the work of the painter Vermeer thanks to the augmented reality.
It is one of the most careful examples of a trend that is increasingly on the rise in the most advanced galleries: the creation of virtual museums to visit its halls from any corner of the planet.
The application, housed in the Google Arts and Culture platform, offers access to 36 paintings in the smallest detail, with the possibility of movement within the virtual reconstruction of the museum and with all kinds of explanations thanks to augmented reality.
But what is really interesting is not in the careful technical development achieved, which in itself guarantees an incredible experience for all lovers of art, but also shows that it is unique and impossible to repeat in the real world, because it allows to gather in a it only shows paintings of different provenance, some in private collections, others too fragile to be borrowed and others even unknown for years, which otherwise would be impossible to collect in a traditional sample. That is the vital importance that this type of samples have in reality.
Sin embargo, esta exposición virtual de Vermeer no es la única, ni tan siquiera la primera. En los últimos meses hemos asistido a la presentación de numerosas experiencias virtuales, que los museos ponen al alcance de sus usuarios (sí, deberíamos empezar a distinguir entre usuarios vr de museos y visitantes físicos). Ejemplo reciente y cercano ha sido las actividad “Realidad virtual en el museo”, organizado por el Museo Thyssen, que permitía adentrarse en la obra de Van Gogh o Mondrian entre otros. También el Britsh Museum permite explorar en realidad virtual las obras en su “Tour virtual por el Antiguo Egipto”, así como los fondos del Franklin Institute de Philadelphia., están al alcance de cualquier que tengas unas gafas inmersivas en su casa.
Of course these options will never replace the experience of visiting a museum. The most purist art lovers will always prefer to contemplate the strokes of a live work and not through a viewer. The sensation of moving through a museum room and sitting down to contemplate a painting is not comparable to virtual vision, at least in the same terms. But we have to be clear that this type of experience is not intended to replace the actual visit, but to encourage it. Give the possibility of previously contemplate to the smallest detail with information that deepens the knowledge of the work and also with the repose of seeing the work you alone only encourages a future physical visit to the museum.
As explained to the media this week by Emilie Gordenker, Mauritshuis director and promoter of the `Know Vermer’ initiative:” I am sure that this initiative will increase interest in museums, from what I have seen in the last twenty years, Having the photos of a painting, makes many want to have the experience in the first person “.
It opens a new era for the world of museums, in which the alliance between immersive technologies and culture will promote art and make it reach even those who can not travel to the museum.


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