While a lot of VR apps and games allow you to tour a virtual version of a real-world art gallery, the Dalí Museum has taken that concept one step further, letting you go for a tour inside a beautiful painting by Salvador Dalí. The Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus, as seen above, has been lovingly rendered for a fly-through VR experience.
As with many of Dalí’s painting, the image has far more meaning than just the paint on the canvas. Inspired by Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus, Dalí used this work to interrogate a lifelong obsession with the original painting, layering it with symbols and hidden meaning. With this 360-degree video you can have a close look at the figures that represent a young Dalí and his father, or even go inside the hulking humanoid towers of the contemplative artwork.
While the Dreams of Dalí virtual experience is a trip through this particular painting, it also incorporates some of Dalí’s best known elements from other paintings — such as his ubiquitous obelisk-carrying, spindle-legged elephants, and even his 1936 surrealist lobster telephone.
While the experience is made to be part of the Disney & Dalí: Architects of the Imagination exhibition at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, you can also experience it as a 360-degree video on YouTube if you can get your hands on a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.