Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sistine Chapel in Second Life (Vassar College)

From: Steve Taylor Date: Jun 27, 2007 11:08 AM

Vassar College has recreated the Sistine Chapel in Second Life.

The Sistine Chapel was built in the 15th century and is decorated with
frescoes by Michelangelo and other great painters of the Italian

In this Second Life recreation, the interior is depicted in great detail,
while the exterior is an approximation. Unlike in the real-life chapel, here
you can fly up to the top of a wall for a close inspection, look down at the
inlaid floor, or even sit on a window ledge!

The lower tier of the chapel normally displays panels with painted
draperies. On special occasions, these panels are covered with tapestries
designed by Raphael. Here, you can click to show or hide the tapestries
whenever you want.

The purpose of this recreation is to explore the use of virtual reality for
teaching and learning about art and architecture, by experiencing the
context, the scale, and the social aspects of the original.

Please visit the Sistine Chapel, on the Vassar Island sim, at

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