The Vatican is preparing a gallery in the metaverse with NFTs

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NFTs are everywhere: virtual music groups, Ukraine wartimelines, music festivals, the fashion industry, and also in the Vatican † In an effort to democratize art, Vatican City, in partnership with the augmented reality company sensorium and Humanity 2.0 will make one virtual exhibition based on NFTs (non-fungible tokens, that is, cryptographic assets that represent something unique).

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The director of Humanity 2.0 (an NGO that focuses on identifying and removing barriers to human flourishing through the use of technology and human ingenuity) is Father Philip Larrey , author of several books on artificial intelligence, who helped the Vatican prepare for Web 3.0 . In a press release, the priest explained the purpose of the exhibition: “We look forward to working with Sensorium to explore ways to democratize art, making it more available to people around the world, regardless of their socioeconomic and geographic status. limits. By partnering with Sensorium, this goal goes one step further and equips us with the latest technological solutions.”

Vatican City is visited by more than 6 million people every year. With a collection of over 800 works by 250 artists, Vatican Museums are among the most important in the world. The collection includes works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci Raphael and Vincent van Gogh. Don’t forget that there is also the Basilica of San Pedro and the Sistine Chapel.

The exhibition is part of the Sensorium Galaxy metaverse (in beta for now) and allows users to visit the museum’s various collections through immersive augmented reality devices, a computer screen, or a mobile phone application that allows viewing live broadcasts and creating NPCs (non-player characters) to communicate with them.

The virtual Vatican exhibit will feature the use of NFTs, although it is not clear whether these will be available for sale. The opening date of the exhibition is not yet known.

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