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Step Inside The Virtual Kimbell Art Museum

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The Kimbell Art Museum released its first-ever virtual tour, including works by Michelangelo and porcelains of the Ming dynasty.

Using immersive digital technology, visitors will now be able to experience 360-degree views of Kimbell’s acclaimed Louis I. Kahn building – plus some of the museum’s permanent collection – without ever leaving home.

“These are some of the most incredible works of art that exist in the world,” said Katherine Polenz, head of marketing and public relations at The Kimbell. “This is just another way to sit and spend some time with each of these objects and look at them in a new light, in a new space.”

From The Kimbell Virtual Tour.

The tour features a selection of African, Ancient American, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. One of the most notable works is The Torment of Saint Anthony, the first known painting by Michelangelo, which is believed to have been painted at 12 or 13 years old. Another significant work is Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps, known for its realistic scene and drama of two boys playing cards.

The goal is to increase access to the museum’s collection, create new avenues for digital engagement and extend current art education programming and efforts.

Polenz said more virtual tours are in the works that will include Spanish-language, kids’ and special exhibition virtual tours. 

“It should become kind of a one-stop-shop of all the different digital assets that we’ve created over time,” Polenz said.

KERA contractor Mia Estrada added to this story.


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