The Uffizi Gallery’s stunning Tribune room, restored in 2012 thanks to contributions from Friends of Florence, is only available for public viewing from three side doors, meaning that full visibility of the room is limited. The exciting new project, Museo Digitale, has been completed after only 6 months of hard work and allows the public access to a ‘virtual visit’ of the Tribune. The large touch-screen is located opposite the entrance to the Tribune. The 3D perspective let’s you ‘walk’ through the room, zoom in on details, which are thus made clearer, and tilt the ‘gaze’ upwards towards the ornate ceiling, for a full comprehensive view of the space.
The 52 artworks within the Tribune are labelled and once clicked upon, an information box pops up. A menu bar on the right hand side also contains a directory of all 52 pieces of artwork contained within the Tribune. Coordinator of the project Filippo Fineschi, commented that this ‘virtual, 3D visit, created using the some of the same technologies used in video gaming, allows the public to virtually walk past the statues and furniture in the room, as well as tilt upwards in order to fully admire the domed ceiling.’
The programme is now fully operational within the Uffizi Gallery and the new website, www.tribunadegliuffizi.it is now up and running for further information.