The Vatican plans to release an NFT gallery so that audiences around the world can view the art, manuscripts, and other objects held in their renowned collection. The Vatican is a repository of some of the finest art and artifacts in the world, including works by artists of the Renaissance to more modern works like Vincent van Gogh. The project is a collaboration between Sensorium, a VR company, and Humanity 2.0, a non-profit organization tackling obstacles to humanity's socio-economic and cultural development through leadership, media, and technology.
Humanity 2.0 is chaired by Father Philip Larrey, who is the Chair of Logic and Epistemology at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Vatican, and Dean of the philosophy department. In addition, he has authored books that tackle the effect of technology on modern society and the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence.
“We look forward to working with Sensorium to explore ways to democratize art, making it more widely available to people around the world regardless of their socio-economic and geographical limitations,” Father Larrey said in a statement. “The partnership with Sensorium brings this goal a step further and equips us with the latest tech solutions.”
The VR gallery is expected to be available sometime this year, and it is stated clearly by the Vatican’s press representative that the NFTs won’t be used to sell anything and are, “exclusively social and not commercial.” It is still unclear what exact utility such NFTs will hold.