Interactive Rome Panorama now live

Alte Nationalgalerie

Accompanying the exhibition 'An Urban Landscape', a 360º panorama is available to view online that provides a fresh glimpse of Rome and the Campagna.

The centrepiece of the 'cabinet exhibition' at the Alte Nationalgalerie is a five-part panorama of Rome, created in 1850 by the Austrian painter, Friedrich Loos. The panorama was a novel and important artistic medium of the 19th century, and indeed one that was not entirely unknown to Loos. In the 1820s, he had helped work on a panorama of the city of Salzburg, having been entrusted with the landscape portions of the painting. In order to create his panoramic view of ancient Rome in the morning light, he chose as his vantage point the Villa Mattei and the grounds of the Monte Celio. Loos created a work rich in detail that directs the gaze from the garden of the villa, via the ancient and medieval monuments, far out into the Campagna, the stretch of countryside surrounding Rome.

The five paintings together form a 360º panoramic view. Now an online feature has been developed that uses photographs of the works by Andreas Kilger to create a composite panorama out of the individual pictures, while also providing additional relevant information.

This interactive online presentation was conceived and developed by Wolfgang Gülcker. It is not the first time Gülcker has volunteered for this kind of project, having previously given up his time to create virtual tours through the Bode-Museum and the empty space of the Neue Nationalgalerie (which has been cleared for renovation work). The majority of texts and illustrations for comparison were put together by the exhibition curator, Maria Obenhaus. Furthermore, Wolfgang Gülcker has also provided additional information that sheds further light on the famous sights depicted in the panorama.