Immersive visual imagery underpins contemporary virtual reality experiences such as the Holographic pop concerts of Hatsune Miku.  This post looks at historical instances of the visual surround - from Egyption tombs to Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian frescos commissioned by the Franciscan Catholic order.

The Franciscans’ preoccupation with saving the poor led to a new humanism in religious art in the area.  Their sermons combined an energetic, vernacular preaching style with imagery designed to be vivid and easily understood.

They wanted their followers who had little formal education and were largely illiterate to be able to relate to biblical stories on an immediate emotional level. This translated to a move away from Byzantine style icons and towards a more ‘realistic’ and immersive style.

 

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Comment by Jacki Morie on March 6, 2011 at 7:11pm
Interesting - what is the environment in SL?

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