Rome: Accenture has completed one of the rarer client assignments — it has just developed a free mobile app that delivers rich multimedia content to the visitors to an unprecedented exhibition featuring documents held in the Secret Vatican Archive. These artefacts have never before been seen by the public and now can be admired at the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
The exhibition "Lux in Arcana — The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself" features, among other things, ciphered letters, manuscripts, codices, and ancient parchments. The materials date from the eighth to the 20th century and the exhibition marks the first time they have ever been shown away from Vatican City. The items will remain on view until September of this year.
The mobile app developed by Accenture, which is also the official technology partner of the exhibition, enhances the experience of users by delivering details about these unique items to their smartphones and tablets. For example, the app displays technical data, photos and images, provides detailed background information, and features rich, multimedia content. The app allows users to see the documents by alphabetical or chronological order, by the typology (letter, agreement, papal document, etc.) and by the location in the Capitoline Museums halls. Visitors can also follow the path of the exhibition listening to the audio guide feature available through the app.
"Accenture has been an outstanding technology partner and we're very pleased with the unique user experience that their mobile app delivers", said Luca Carboni, General Secretary of the Secret Vatican Archive. "We believe the people expected to visit the exhibition will benefit tremendously from the rich content they can access through their devices as they tour the various exhibits."
The app also features an "augmented reality" capability that can be used outside of the museum at some historical sites in Rome.
One example is the statue of Giordano Bruno in the piazza Campo de' Fiori. Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar and philosopher, was burned at the stake in 1600's after being judged a heretic by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition. The app allows visitors to focus their smartphone or tablet on the statue and see Bruno's pyre burst into flames on the device's display. It also allows visitors to open special contents related to Giordano Bruno's trial and to call up videos with more information on his life and his ideas. Augmented reality is available also for the angels of the Castel Sant'Angelo bridge, carved by the Bernini, and for the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, close to the place where Galileo Galilei abjured.
"We're delighted to be the official technology sponsor of this extraordinary and unprecedented exhibition from the Secret Vatican Archive," said Fabio Benasso, country managing director, Accenture Italy. "Our country possesses a treasure trove of culture and art that reflects many of the world's most historical events and should be shared by as many people as possible.
The exhibition "Lux in Arcana — The Vatican Secret Archive Reveals Itself" was conceived for the occasion of the fourth centenary of the Secret Vatican Archives foundation, in collaboration with Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico — Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma and Zètema Progetto Cultura.