Time waster o' the day: See the Sistine Chapel up close
Have an art lover in the house? Spend some time getting an up close look at the Sistine Chapel thanks to the Vatican's website. Yes, the Vatican has a web site. It was created by interns from Villanova who spent the last two years revitalizing the way the Vatican communicates with the modern world.
In this corner, you can see Michelangelo's artwork close up, something you'd never get in person and certainly tough to spend any time with in the often-crowded tourist spot.
To accomplish this, the students spent five nights, in a closed-off and freezing Sistine Chapel, painstakingly collecting images from across the entire chapel. With state-of-the-art equipment, production teams took thousands of digital photographs and high-resolution images. A computerized and motorized rig with a mounted digital camera took thousands of photographs of Michelangelo's famous frescos and artwork. The photographs were then accumulated into stitching software and, after being individually color balanced and edited, were digitally stitched together.
To view it click and drag your arrow in the direction you wish to look, and click on the plus (+) to move closer, on the minus (-) to move away. To complete the experience, there's choir music in the background as you surf.
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