ARTstor and Columbia University are collaborating to encourage the use of Quick Time Virtual Reality (QTVR) in teaching and scholarship. ARTstor has just added approximately 300 QTVRs to the Digital Library, bringing the total number available to over 1,200. This addition focuses on the architecture and cityscapes of Venice, Italy.

Acting as Field Director for the Columbia QTVR campaigns, medieval art historian Andrew Tallon has, over the past six years, photographed more than two thousand 360° spherical QTVR nodes of some of the greatest monuments of European architecture – at present the largest such collection in existence – which he and his colleagues use for both teaching and research. Speaking as both an informed practitioner and a scholar and teacher, Tallon observes that “QTVR represents a huge advance over the traditional slide. It allows both teacher and student to experience architectural space in ways that were not possible before. Le Corbusier’s chapel at Ronchamp, for example, is both difficult to access and defies two-dimensional representation; but with QTVR it can be brought directly into the classroom. Similarly, the entire sculptural program of the central portal of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris can be explored from a single interface, with the user zooming in to see details as desired.”

To find the panoramas, simply search for “qtvr,” or browse to find them from the “Welcome Page” by clicking on “ARTstor Collections” then choosing “QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture” from the resulting list.

For more information about this collection, see the QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (Columbia University) collection page on our website.