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HAA-271827-20

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Lynn S. Dodd (Project Director: January 2020 to May 2022)
Sabina Zonno (Co Project Director: May 2020 to May 2022)
Using Virtual Reality to Explore 15th Century Illuminated Manuscripts

The creation of a virtual reality experience of a 15th-century illuminated manuscript to allow users to engage with the content of the manuscript and also gain an appreciation for handling rare materials.

In this Level I proposal, we will build a virtual experience of a 15th century illuminated manuscript that is held in USC's Special Collections and place the model in a virtual version of a convent room similar to that in which it was originally used. This unique experience will allow participants to not only explore the manuscript by holding it rather than viewing it in a glass case, but also have the opportunity to learn about the consequences physical use of an object may have for its preservation. Additionally, the virtual version provides an opportunity for the participant to see the details and textures of the manuscript, the parchment, the binding, the ink, the gilding, and the painting at an extraordinary level of detail that cannot be achieved except in the virtual realm.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Gender Studies; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$45,069 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 9/30/2021