If you have not physically visited the Sistine Chapel located at the Vatican City in Rome, Italy or would like to revisit the location digitally, you may be interested in a fantastically detailed recreation of the Sistine Chapel which has been made available via Steam. The digital copy of the Sistine Chapel has been created by Epic Games’ Lead Technical Animator Chris Evans and is available in both virtual reality and flatscreen options depending on your hardware.
The project is apparently the culmination of a passion spanning more than 15 years with the goal of Evans to “democratise access to the beauty and history of the Sistine Chapel ceiling”. Check out the video below to learn more about the guided tour which is now available via Steam. “Step onto Michelangelo’s scaffold to learn about how he painted the ceiling, or enter a Vatican conservator’s mobile aerial platform to see the ceiling up close and learn about the controversial cleaning. Over 100 clickable elements about Michelangelo’s work.”
“This experience was created exclusively for the SIGGRAPH 2019 Immersive Pavilion, by the team behind the previous SIGGRAPH 2017 VR piece: Il Gigante: Michelangelo’s David in VR. Debuting at SIGGRAPH on Valve’s INDEX headset, Il Divino delivers an experience of the highest fidelity –you can see individual cracks and brush strokes in the plaster!”
“Step onto Michelangelo’s own scaffold and learn about how he painted the ceiling, or enter a Vatican conservator’s mobile aerial platform to see the ceiling up close, and learn about the controversial cleaning. In all, there are over 100 clickable elements about Michelangelo’s monumental work. There is also an non-vr mode available for keyboard and mouse play.”