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The Gates of Paradise Interactive Kiosk

TitleThe Gates of Paradise Interactive Kiosk
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsForbes, J., Jones B., & O'Quinn T.
Secondary TitleInternational Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting - ICHIM07: Proceedings
Conference Start DateOctober 24-26
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedToronto, Ontario, Canada
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsbronze relief sculpture, in-gallery interactive, interactive kiosk, Lorenzo Ghiberti, museum exhibit, Renaissance art

"The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti's Renaissance Masterpiece" was organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy. The exhibition will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Three of the ten panels and four decorative frame elements from the doors were chosen for the core exhibit, but those three panels were only part of the story depicted in the doors. In order to round out the exhibit and provide an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the entire work of art and the stories depicted in intricate detail on all of the panels, the Museums turned to technology. The Gates of Paradise Interactive was developed to tell the stories in each of the panels, highlight Ghiberti's technique, and provide an opportunity to explore the intricate detail in the panels. The design of the interactive had to fulfill several desires: to tell the story of the scenes in the panels, capture the true impressive nature of the panels while helping the visitor understand the artist's technique, allow detailed exploration of the panels at the highest resolution possible, and ensure that this installation could be reproduced by the other two institutions.