With the new technologies of virtual reality it is possible to immerse yourself totally – walking through the gardens of the Castello Sforzesco – in the paintings that the great French painter Monet painted, about 150 years ago, “en plein air” or “in the open air”.
A virtual and cultural journey “en plein air”
Dive into the paintings of the absolute master of Impressionism, Claude Monet. Immerse yourself in that painting “Impression, soleil levant” from which the critics of the time coined the term – with a derogatory intent – of “impressionism”, to mean a painting not defined in all its details but a simple draft, just an impression ” of framework. They didn’t know that they were witnessing the greatest artistic and pictorial revolution of the late 1800s. Inside Monet is a new Virtual Reality Experience with a cultural slant, which combines art with the study of nature and light, taking us back into the atmosphere of those cultural ferments that marked the vital Parisian artistic world of the mid-nineteenth century. A new journey through time and space to tell and make those who take part in the virtual tour experience firsthand the concept of “en plein air, the pictorial method especially of the Impressionist group of painting outdoors to capture the subtle nuances generated by the light on every detail.
The Arch of Peace in Milan
The entire tour gravitates around the Arco della Pace, near the Cadorna stop, in an open-air “virtual museum” that will allow visitors to physically enter Monet’s most significant works. To accompany the spectators during this walk a guide who tells Monet and his story, thanks to the dramatic narration written in collaboration with Libero Stelluti. Monet’s voice, by the actor Luciano Bertoli, in the Virtual Reality scenes will instead invite the participants to wear the viewer to enter his paintings and better understand his painting, light and colours, as well as his emotions and impressions.
The technologies adopted
And so, thanks to the three-degree-of-freedom Pico G24K viewers that allow you to turn around 360 degrees – it is possible to admire Monet’s paintings, starting right from that “Impression, soleil levant”, which for a period was also stolen and then fortunately found. Virtual Reality experiences are created by a team of 3D Artists with 3D modeling programs such as Maya, Blender and Houdini. A virtual and real experience, “en plein air”, in the shadow of one of the most significant historical monuments of Milan. A physical, playful, virtual experience that combines technology, innovation, art and painting.
Trafug’Arte, the Sky Tg24 podcast on the theft of Monet’s paintings
At the end of the virtual tour there is also a surprise regarding Sky Tg24. In fact, visitors are given a Qr codethanks to which it is possible to access an episode of the podcast “trafug’arte” of Sky Tg24 entirely dedicated to the story of the theft of Claude Monet’s paintings.