PARIS | From Tainted Reality to Virtual Reality | Louvre | Oct 24, 2019 – Feb 24, 2020

From the overwhelming crowds to the bullet-proof glass vitrine, many visitors find their experience viewing the Mona Lisa underwhelming.

But starting this fall, the Louvre is opening Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, a virtual reality experience which will allow visitors to gain a more intimate appreciation for this well-known masterpiece.

The museum’s first VR experience is part of the museum’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that marks the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death.

This high-tech innovation is a nod to the visionary artist-engineer that the exhibit is highlighting.

After donning a VR headset, visitors will enter a virtual space where they can directly engage with the famous painting.

This private interaction allows individuals to observe the hidden details and nuances of the masterwork that are otherwise inaccessible from the naked eye.

According to a statement from Dominique de Font-Reaulx, director of mediation and cultural programming at the Louvre, “...the public will be able to discover an immersive experience of an extraordinary masterpiece.”

Made possible by a partnership with the company HTC VIVE Arts, this exhibition highlight will allow for people to experience the Mona Lisa outside of the walls of the Louvre.

Anyone who owns a headset will be able to use this VR through HTC’s digital subscription service.

“Allowing visitors who may not be able to visit the exhibition in person to access this remarkable masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci through our home version will give unprecedented access to [his] most celebrated painting,”

VIVE Arts director Victoria Chang said in a statement.

This new VR opportunity allows audiences to intimately connect with da Vinci’s most famous painting from anywhere in the world.

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