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The Ara as it was

view of the Ara Pacis museum Augustae in Rome, Italy

14/10/2016 – 30/10/2017

The redevelopment project in augmented reality of the Ara Pacis

A multi-medial tale in which history and technology come together to create a fully immersive and multi-sensorial experience of the Ara Pacis.  People, gestures, divinities and animals are turned into 3D animations that, with the addition of colour, tell the story of the origins of Rome and the Emperor Augustus’ family.  Since 20 January, the story of the Ara Pacis has become even more enveloping thanks to the integration of computer graphics and both virtual and augmented reality.

Following the huge success of the first three months of a programme that has attracted some 11 thousand visitors, the ARA COM’ERA, (The Ara as it was), the first systematic presentation of the use of augmented and virtual reality to enhance the value of one of the most important masterpieces of Roman art, is now even more inviting and engaging.  Locals and tourists can now enjoy the opportunity to experience innovative story telling about the Ara Pacis and the origins of Rome further enhanced by two new interesting features in Virtual Reality which, by combining live film, 3D reconstructions and computer graphics, make it possible to fully emerge oneself in the northern part of the ancient Campo Marzio and take in the first reconstruction, in virtual reality, of a Roman sacrifice. This intensified version has an even deeper emotional impact than before as visitors are catapulted into the past and relive it from a truly privileged position.  The 360° viewpoint provides the perfect atmosphere in which to admire the revelation o the Ara Pacis in all its original colours:  a “magic” that has been made possible thanks to experimental work commissioned by the Capitoline Supervisory Body for the Cultural Heritage Department over the course of a decade, which led to this hypothetical reconstruction that is as close to reality as is likely.

The colours are not the only surprise to greet visitors who can also “float” in the air above the altar, glide over the Campo Marzio and watch the sacrifice, carried out by various actors, whilst remaining at the heart of the action.

from 31 March to 15 April 2017:
Friday and Saturday from 20 to 00.00 (last entry at 23.00)
from 21 April to 30 October 2017:
every evening from 20 to 00.00 (last entry at 23.00)

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