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VR Experience into a 16th Century Boxwood Prayer Bead – Met Cloisters

VR Experience into a 16th Century Boxwood Prayer Bead. Immerse yourself inside a 16th century boxwood prayer bead and explore the intricate carvings made visible through the power of micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and virtual reality.

Produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, this artistic and technical collaboration between Art Gallery of Ontario Conservator Lisa Ellis, and Interactive Artist/Designer Priam Givord marks the first time anyone will be able to move through, around and within one of these small wonders.

5-minute sessions are available between 10:30 am–5:00 pm on the following dates:

Friday, March 31

Saturday, April 1

Sunday, April 2

Friday, May 12

Saturday, May 13

Sunday, May 14

Your session will be one of six available in a half-hour period.

Please arrive before the start of your half-hour period. We regret that we cannot hold your place if you are late.

In the Fuentidueña Chapel (Gallery 2) at The Met Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, New York

Free with Museum admission.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver before using the equipment.

Participants must be 13 years old or older. Parental signature is required for participants under the age of 18.

Waivers will presented to registrants to sign at check-in.

This event is being offered as part of the exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures at The Met Cloisters, February 22–May 21, 2017.

The exhibition is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

“Small in scale, yet teeming with life, miniature boxwood carvings have been a source of wonder since their creation in the Netherlands in the 16th century. On these intricately carved objects—some measuring a mere two inches (five centimeters) in diameter—the miracles and drama of the Bible unfold on a tiny stage. The execution of these prayer beads and diminutive altarpieces is as miraculous as the stories they tell.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, features nearly 50 of these tiny treasures. Among the highlights is a complete carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, before his notorious efforts to dissolve the marriage and his break from the Catholic Church.

The ingenious techniques of the artists who created these precious panoramas have defied comprehension for centuries. Now, through the joint efforts of conservators at The Met and the Art Gallery of Ontario, the carvers’ secrets have at last been revealed”.

The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, New York City specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its early collection was built up by the American sculptor, art dealer and collector George Grey Barnard, and acquired by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1925. Rockefeller extended the collection and in 1931 purchased the site at Washington Heights and contracted the design for the Cloisters building.

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