Meet a Renaissance great at Raffaello 3D (Bellinzona)
After a successful 3D exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci, Bellinzona is once again hosting a great figure of the Italian Renaissance period: the author and artist Raffaello.
Raffaello, or Raphael, died at the young age of 37. Maybe this is part of the reason why the curators of Raffaello 3D have geared the exhibit towards young visitors. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the artist's death, they have rolled out the latest in interactive museum technology. And what better setting to delve into history than the Castello di Sasso Corbaro?
Raffaello 3D: this interactive museum brings the man of the hour to life
Inside the exhibition, you will get to admire Renaissance architecture through a virtual tour of the Ideal City, a realistic 3D model. Also, there is an AR experience allowing you to render a particularly realistic image taken from one of the most symbolic paintings. Some of Raffaello's most renowned artworks are also animated.
We like the use of AR technology as it superimposes information onto paintings and displays. And we have good news for those who worry that this exhibit wants you to become an expert on Raffaello. Instead of going deep, the museum's aim is to broaden your horizon on a wide range of topics.
Both children and adults (and those in between) will surely enjoy walking around the castle with a tablet PC. Apart from a virtual treasure hunt and other hands-on displays, these AR tablets will animate Renaissance paintings. As a result, you will get to see Raffaello as if the man was standing right in front of you!
Gain an appreciation of the visual beauty of Italian Renaissance art
The exhibition attempts to give a comprehensive overview of the Italian Renaissance, one of the most influential periods in art history, by connecting Raffaello to other Renaissance giants such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bramante, and others. And it shows why the Italian Renaissance is relevant to humankind as a whole.
More informationOpening hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Adults 15 francs; children from 6 to 16 years/students/retirees 8 francs, families (2 adults/3 children) 35 francs