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Uffizi Virtual Museum Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

the Ikeda Humanism Brazilian Philharmonic OrchestraVisitors using a touch panel to see art works

The Uffizi Virtual Museum exhibition--a digital exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy--opened in Japan for the first time at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji on June 29. The exhibition on display at TFAM includes high-resolution digital replicas of artworks from the Italian Renaissance, some of which can be viewed full-size.

Notable paintings include "Annunciazione" by Leonardo Da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli's "Primavera" and "The Birth of Venus." Some of the works, such as "The Birth of Venus" which contains 10.3 billion pixels, can be viewed at up to 100 times zoom in using a touch-panel display.

On display are some 100 digitized replicas of artworks from the Uffizi Virtual Museum, including a four-screen digital theater of the museum interior which allows virtual visitors to feel they are actually touring the museum.

The exhibition will be shown at TFAM until September 23, 2012.

The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum was founded in 1983 by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, to bring the treasures of the world's cultural heritage to Japan. The museum also engages in cultural exchange, making its own collection available to museums throughout the world.

[Adapted from an article in the June 30, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]