The Stolen Art Gallery opens in the metaverse

The gallery includes Caravaggio Nativity with Saint Francis and Saint Laurentstolen from an oratory of Sicily, Italyon a stormy night October 1969. Rembrandt’s only seascape, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee, is also there. Burglars took her from the Gardner Museum in Boston in March 1990in the greatest art theft in modern history.

In a metaverse twist, the stolen art gallery brings the artist back to art. As moonlight filters through a skylight in the gallery’s dark warehouse and you hear the storm crashing at sea, you can tap your wrist to conjure up a miniature bust of Rembrandt and share that included a self-portrait in the boat, the only sailor looks at you from the painting.

The experiment helps explain why market research firm Gartner expects 25% of people to spend at least an hour a day in the metaverse by 2026. You can get much closer to painting than you’d be in a physical museum and notice little Rembrandt giving you a half-smile as he grabs a boat amid giant waves. As one young visitor said, “I was so close I felt like I could lick the board.

“The Stolen Art Gallery introduces the concept of the metaverse, replicating the experiences of online gaming platforms like Fortnite,” said Alexis Rockenbach, CEO of Compass UOL. “It’s more of an immersive social interaction than just a virtual reality environment – you can interact with your friends around the artwork, discuss your impressions, sketch, and share notes and information about the artist, the paintings and their stories.”

The gallery also includes works by Cézanne View of Auvers on Oisestolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, United Kingdom, in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1999. It was a carefully planned raid that must have netted the burglars millions, prompting Cézanne to comment that he lived his whole life in poverty. At least the public can now visit it and see two more missing works by Van Gogh and Manet simply by donning popular headphones like the Meta Quest 2.

Compass UOL is investing more in the metaverse. In April, the company announced a new scholarship program to train a thousand people in augmented reality, virtual reality, game design and animation through 2023.

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