Gaming technology meets Architectural History: Walking through the streets of 17th Century Rome with My Sister Sarah

Using a gaming platform (NVis360) and cartographer Giovanni Battista Falda’s 1676 map of Rome, Sarah together with architects Jordan Williams and Eric Lewitt has created a virtual version of 17th-century Rome. As you walk the streets, you can hear the bells ringing in St. Peter’s Square, listen to the water trickling in Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, watch the light ripple across the Spanish Steps, and wander around inside the Pantheon.

Get a taste and watch this:

As Sarah says, this has “huge potential for teaching and understanding.” And as my 13-year-old son Leandro says, “Awesome! It’s just like, even better, than Assasin’s Creed!”

This project is part of Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum’s special exhibition, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, on view from August 24 through November 17, 2013.

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