The magnificent ceiling painting by Luca Giordano in Florence's Palazzo Medici Riccardi was the springboard for an experiment in which scientists monitored the emotional and physical reactions of participants in an all-enveloping art experience.

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In the mid-15th Century the pope gave permission for the first private chapel to be built, in the Palazzo Medici, Florence. Frescoed shortly afterwards with the Procession of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli, the Chapel became the setting for an experience in guided perception supported by multimedia technologies and augmented reality.

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The Chamera di Percezione (Perception Room) project seeks to amplify perception by triggering an enhanced experiential relationship between viewer and artwork. Huge high-definition images of Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, projected in a “magic box,” make it possible for the viewer to penetrate the painting from multiple angles and also reveal the recent restoration process.

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