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Technology Brings Masterpieces to Your Computer Screen

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 12:42 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Virtual Sistine Chapel screen shotThe email from a friend professed to deliver “amazing technology that lets you see in person, what you could not enjoy alone in this room.” The room in question is the Sistine Chapel, one of Rome’s most popular attractions. It isn’t like an art museum, where you can stand right in front of a work and see it close-up. If you’re lucky enough to have visited it (I haven’t) you view the beautiful paintings by Michelangelo that adorn the upper walls and ceiling from the floor.

Now the Vatican web site provides a way to view the chapel in detail: a virtual Sistine Chapel. The site is as advertised, providing remarkable viewing of the entire chapel or any small part. Click on the image to see a screen shot I captured, then go to the site and follow these directions to see for yourself:

  • Click on the image and drag the arrow in the direction you wish to see.
  • In the lower left of the screen, click on the plus (+) to zoom in, on the minus (-) to zoom out.

Be warned that the site is like an addictive video game; you start looking, and before you know it, an hour has passed. On the other hand, it’s a much more worthwhile expenditure of time than any video game I’ve ever played.

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