Vatican: Sistine Chapel
Vatican: Sistine Chapel:
This is a tool, but it's cool. :) And it is definitely a toy, albeit
of the highest caliber and sensitivities. It seemed a bit ironic to me
to find, today, during the breaking of all the gay sex scandals the
news media are connecting to the Vatican and Catholic Church, to find
that Vatican has released one of those stunning immersive panoramics
that I always love so much. Not just any small testbed item, either.
This one is (and I am whispering the rest of the sentence in an
appropriately hushed and awed voice) of the Sistine Chapel.
Yes, THE Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo! One of the greatest
historical and artistic treasures of the world (six images at the
bottom of the post). One of the least accessible for close viewing to
the general public because of the requirement for reduced lighting and
restrictions on photography. It is also, at least in parts, one of the
purest and most sacred testimonials to male-male love ever witnessed.
The immersive panoramic allows you to zoom in from a wide variety of
angles to very close viewing. As you open the link, you hear a boys
choir singing. You can read the text under the windows that are high
overhead. You can examine the construction of the pattern in the stone
floor, and the cracks in the set marble circles. The sun light glows
through the windows behind the lamps that are probably used in the
evenings. Of course, you can zoom in fairly close to the ceiling and
the paintings over the altar. While I suspect an affiliation or
advisory role of the group that has done the other paroramics I've
recommended, this one bears the copyright statement of the Musei
Vaticani. I half expected to see an imprimatur somewhere.