The thought behind the expertise created by the Paris VR studio Emissive is to show you extra in regards to the portray and historical past across the Mona Lisa, so you possibly can higher respect it in individual. On the similar time, customers who cannot get to the Louvre can get the identical expertise from the consolation of their residence.
HTC has a particular room contained in the exhibition with 11 Vive Cosmos headsets the place guests can strive it out. “It is the primary time that we’re utilizing digital actuality as an expertise for guests throughout the Louvre,” stated the museum’s director of interpretation and cultural programming, Dominique de Font-Réaulx.
HTC let me preview the expertise, then introduced me to the Louvre to see the exhibition forward of the general public opening. The thought was to provide me all the expertise as the general public would possibly see it.
The important thing concept that the group wished to get throughout was how da Vinci’s otherworldly expertise and intense scientific curiosity reworked how artwork was created. “The composition and the method he used was a revolution right now as a result of he created a brand new method of portray folks,” Emissive artwork director Emmanual Gorinstein advised Engadget.
Donning the headset at Emissive’s studio, I first realized that the “canvas” was truly a poplar wooden panel with a repaired break up on the prime. After that, I noticed how infrared scans revealed da Vinci’s well-known sfumato strategy of layering paint to create the refined gradations between mild and darkish that you just see in the true world.
From there, issues obtained extra fascinating. The narration debunked myths that the portray’s topic was a low-born individual or perhaps a prostitute who wore her hair down. Slightly, she was sporting her hair in a veil and easily had a number of hanging curls. That is not completely clear within the portray, however the infrared pictures present it extra clearly.
On prime of that, she’s sporting a gown with a gold-colored material that solely a noble individual would have possessed. That helps affirm the concept the sitter is Lisa Gherardini, the spouse of the rich silk dealer Francesco del Giocondo (which is why the portray is named La Gioconda in France).
Probably the most dramatic reveal in Mona Lisa: Past the Glass is a 3D-modeled model of the lady herself. The VR artists used X-ray, infrared and refractive knowledge gathered by the Louvre to deduce what her face and physique in all probability appeared like, they usually studied perspective to infer the size of her nostril and different particulars. In addition they did an in depth recreation of her garments, to the purpose of creating positive that they folded realistically when she moved.
Emissive’s group additionally tried to recreate the fantastical background behind the topic. They first eliminated her from the background, then prolonged it out and tried to guess what it will appear like.
“The panorama behind Mona Lisa was by no means meant to be a practical one,” stated Gorinstein. “Slightly, it comes from da Vinci’s creativeness and his data of geography within the area, and is a part of the magic that makes the portray so mysterious.”
Lastly, they positioned the 3D model of Mona Lisa in entrance of the newly recreated background and posed her simply as she is within the portray. That primarily put me in Leonardo’s place, seeing her as he might need completed. On the finish of the expertise, I soared across the magical panorama in certainly one of Leonardo’s superb however impractical flying machines.