International museums can be visited virtually. It is the initiative of ten of the most famous museum on the planet that offer guided tour on the web. The idea of virtual tours was born because of the Coronavirus pandemic that imposed a lock down to the world population. No trips, no travel from one Country to another and even within the same State, except in exceptional cases. An obligatory practice that Italy has been adopting for several days.
Among the ten museums participating in the initiative three are in Italy: the Vatican Museums in Rome, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The other international museums involved in the virtual tour are the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, the British Museum in London. And the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, the MoMA and Met of New York, the Archaeological Museum of Athens, the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Museums online and virtual tour in times of pandemic
Italian museums use the Museionline website which contains information from over 3,500 museums, foundations and galleries. In addition, to help art enthusiasts discover the works of art online, Google has archived an infinite number of priceless pieces. A painstaking work done with the collaboration of over 60 museums and galleries. With Google street view, users can move from one place to another by visiting the most important museums in the world and admiring the most famous masterpieces of each era.
The Vatican Museums, the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Uffizi Gallery
The Vatican Museums (museivaticani.va) are among the most interesting galleries to visit as they offer users 7 virtual tours. Among these fantastic trips to do online there is also a tour dedicated to the magnificent Sistine Chapel. The Pinacoteca di Brera (pinacotecabrera.org) is another Italian jewel.
Among the most famous works included in the virtual tour also “The flagellation of Christ” by Luca Signorelli, the “Dead Christ” by Andrea Mantegna and “The marriage of the Virgin” by Raphael. The Uffizi Gallery (uffizi.it) is one of the museums that the whole world envies us. Among the works not to be missed are the “Birth of Venus” and the “Primavera” by Botticelli. And the works of Caravaggio and of course the room dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.
Works to admire while comfortably seated on the sofa at home
The Pinacoteca di Brera has uploaded 669 works in the online archive including one of the most famous collections of painting in Italy, of the Venetian and Lombard schools. The Vatican Museums, in addition to the Sistine Chapel, offer a virtual visit to the Raphael Rooms and to all the rooms of the museum. Really an opportunity to rediscover and appreciate the works of art collected by the popes over the centuries.
The virtual tour of the Uffizi also includes the Vasari Corridor, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. A space called IperVisioni designed ad hoc for online use. In this space, the section “Sguardi dal mondo – Looks from the world” – which recounts the encounter between cultures from all over the planet is worth visiting.