Michelangelo exhibition uses technology to draw viewers closer to art
A museum in Seoul is showcasing two of the most famous works by Michelangelo in a unique format.
Kim Hyesung shows us how convergence art technology is used to give viewers a deeper understanding of both artwork and artist alike in this special exibition.
Symmetric, proportional columns, domes and arches.
When artwork meets IT, it's like traveling back to the Renaissance era
This special exhibition in Seoul recreates the works of Michelangelo, considered one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance.
- "Using convergence art technology, our exhibit converts original artwork into digital images that are projected onto a screen. This makes the artwork look more alive as the images move. We hope to provide a new experience for visitors, and help them relate to art more easily."
Lights highlight the contours on the sculpture of David, a heroic figure from the Bible.
With watchful eyes and pulsing veins on the back of his hands, the sculpture shows Michelangelo's deep understanding of the human anatomy. "There's also Michelangelo's masterpiece -- the Sistine Chapel ceiling -- which took him four years to complete. Thanks to a motion graphic program, visitors can take a closer look at all 343 figures."
Determined, calm, frowning, sad -- the men and women rendered in vibrant colors display a range of emotions.
"The Last Judgment" centers on Christ, with the dramatic contrasts of heaven and hell on his left and right.
As the saints, angels and other figures move along with the clouds, viewers can get a visceral sense of their emotions of excitement and fear.
- "It's great to see Michelangelo's artwork up close, which is something I couldn't experience unless I were to actually visit Italy. I think the lighting and movement make it easier to understand his work and philosophy."
Michelangelo grew up in Florence, began studying art when he was 13 and eventually became a famous sculptor, architect, painter and poet.
After taking a tour through the museum, visitors can fully grasp Michelangelo's understanding of emotion and reason, and his passion to depict a perfect human body.