Burghley House | Creators' Statement: Artemisia Gentileschi Virtual…

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History meets cutting edge virtual reality technology this summer at Burghley House, bringing to life the story of one of Europe's most celebrated female artists of the 17th Century, Artemisia Gentileschi. Co-creators of the award-winning VR experience, Gaëlle Mourre and Quentin Darras, describe the inspiration and motivation behind it.

"(Hi)Story of a Painting was born from our desire to share our passion for stories, art, and learning, and to include as many people as possible in the process.

Art and art history are often seen as inaccessible for myriad reasons and yet, understanding art is essential to understanding a culture and how the past has shaped the world we live in today. Most of us don’t know why one painting or sculpture is important, and we walk right past them, not knowing there’s likely a fascinating story behind it!

And that couldn’t be more true of our episode 'The Light in the Shadow', which focuses on Artemisia Gentileschi’s work and life. Discovering her story, and the detail behind her composition and technique, is an eye opening and inspiring experience.

Nothing will ever replace viewing an artwork in person but the pandemic has brought to light a longstanding truth: not all of us get to travel in the best of times and so how do we get to experience the world’s wonders, locally? Virtual Reality was our answer: viewing art and learning about art and art history in VR is the next best thing, if we may say so ourselves! We’ve gathered an unprecedented collection of Artemisia’s work into a single experience, where each viewer has the opportunity to admire Artemisia’s work in their own immersive world.

The Artemisia Gentileschi Virtual Reality Experience, 'The Light in the Shadow', is showing at Burghley from 23rd July to 31st August 2022.

Click below for more details and to book a VR Experience ticket. A valid House admission ticket is required for visitors wishing to view the original Susannah and the Elders painting.

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