Saturday, April 19, 2008

QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) Resources for Art, Architecture, and Related Fields

QTVR panorama images allow one to view an environment as if surrounded by it. This interactive technology can be especially useful in teaching disciplines such as art, architecture, archaeology, museum studies, and other fields where the important relationships between space and objects are difficult convey with traditional still images.

ARTstor features over 900 QTVR files depicting a broad range of images. These include contributions from Columbia University's QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture, as well as the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive. The images may be found in ARTstor by using the search term 'QTVR.'  To view the files, click on the blue QTVR letters appearing beneath the thumbnails in your search results.

A number of other web sites offer QTVR files depicting art, architecture, and related materials. These include the World Heritage site from UC Berkeley, the Metis Catalog of ancient Greek sites from the Stoa Consortium, and virtual tours of the Louvre. I have begun to compile a list of links in my account, which can be viewed here.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any other QTVR links you may know about.

Image: Tonio Vega, Façade de la cathédrale de Rouen, 2007. From Flickr, some rights reserved under a Creative Commons license.

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