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The Temple of Solomon in Augmented Reality

Friday 20 November 2020
Please register for the online lecture via: a.r.dencher@hum.leidenuniv.nl

This project presents a virtual reconstruction of a model of the Temple of Solomon, which was displayed in 1717 in the Waisenhaus (orphanage) at Halle, Germany. The model was made by the schoolmaster Christoph Semler (1669–1740), who is known as the initiator of teaching with objects. Semler worked together with the Pietist leader and theologian August Hermann Francke (1663-1727) to put the Biblical stories in their spatial context, presenting them to the viewer in three-dimensions. 

An interactive website will present the virtual model, and it will be evoked in Augmented Reality during live presentations, allowing participants to study it from all sides through the use of tablets. Thus, viewers are challenged to actively discover the model and the biblical stories connected to it, like in the eighteenth century.

Eelco Nagelsmit received his PhD from the universities of Ghent and Leiden and has held the positions of postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen and scientific assistant at ETH Zurich.
He is currently affiliated with the University of Groningen, where he pursues a research project on the exchange of ‘things’ between early modern princes and theologians (NWO Veni). His research focuses on the historical functions of art and architecture in their cultural, political and religious contexts, and is most concerned with the capacity of art to transform the beholder.

This lecture is organized by Dr. Alexander Dencher (LUCAS).

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