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Wednesday, November 7 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm
18 Charles VR: A Virtual Reality Reconstruction of the Coronation Mass of Emperor Charles V in Bologna in 1530

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Charles V|R is a virtual reality reconstruction of the coronation of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in Bologna, Italy, in February of 1530. The details of his coronation reflect the social and political turmoil of the times. Charles V|R is a recreation of the sights and sounds of this religious and political ceremony using contemporaneous accounts, artwork, and music as source material. Complete with direct access to the scholarly and archival sources that informed our choices, Charles V|R offers enthusiasts of art, architecture, history, music, religion, and virtual reality as well as students and scholars of those disciplines a multi-modal window into an event of world-historical importance.

Experience the event from multiple perspectives — that of member of the imperial/papal court, a basilica official, or a Bolognese citizen. Hear music performed during the ceremony. Call up scholarly annotations to explore the layers of meaning embedded in the art, architecture, and various ceremonial objects present.
The event itself was very significant. This was the last time an emperor was crowned by a sitting pope in the manner of Charlemagne’s coronation by Leo III in the year 800 — a ritual that had been emulated for 730 years. Amid increasing power of the Ottoman Empire to the east, the subjugation of the New World to the west, and the rise of Protestantism within Europe itself, the political situation was delicate: Charles could not be crowned in Rome, because Protestant German mercenaries he employed had sacked the Eternal City three years earlier. This context informed the planning and execution of the ceremony, which had to conform to tradition but also reflect the political realities of the day. The result is a product that conveys for the user much more than reading a prose narrative could: a visual, aural, and spatial experience of the event itself.


Tom Lee

Greenhouse Studios Design Technologist, University of Connecticut

Tom Scheinfeldt

Department Head & Assoc Prof, Digital Media and Design, University of Connecticut
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Michael Young

Humanities Librarian, University of Connecticut
Michael Young is an art librarian and art historian, who works and teaches at the University of Connecticut. As a librarian who is also a heavy user of the library's collections as a researcher and an instructor in Art History, he approaches image databases and other library resources... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel