Media Center for Art History Develops Interactive Website for Treasures of Heaven Exhibition
Columbia University's Media Center for Art History (MCAH) has launched an interactive website developed for the groundbreaking international loan exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and the British Museum in London. The exhibition is currently on view in Cleveland, Ohio through January 17, 2011.
The website was funded by CMA and produced by the staff of the Media Center under the direction of Holger A. Klein, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology and co-curator of the exhibition. The goal of this collaboration was to develop digital resources that would allow visitors, scholars, students, and a broad range of internet users to explore the history of the Christian cult of saints and their relics.
The site provides information in three distinct sections: Relics & Reliquaries allows visitors to read about and view high-resolution images of the exhibition objects; Saints & Martyrs provides short biographies of the religious figures represented in the exhibition through their relics and/or reliquaries; and Shrines & Places enables visitors to explore Christian sacred sites and holy places via QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas.
A comprehensive version of the website is available as an educational aide on kiosks within the exhibition space. In order to make these remarkable resources available to a wider audience, the partnering museums and other lending institutions have kindly agreed to make their texts and images available for use in a public online version of the site.
The Treasures of Heaven kiosk and website team consisted of Caleb M. Smith (Director of MCAH), James A. Hall (Educational Technologist, MCAH), Emily Shaw and Roberto Pesenti (Columbia Art History graduate students), and Allison Caplan (Columbia College student).