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From Medieval Manuscripts to the Versailles Hall of Mirrors: The Promises and Problems of the Digital Space.


The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles has long been a famous symbol of opulence and the grandeur of the French monarchy. But though its expensive and carefully-crafted mirrors promise a perfect reflection, they necessarily reflect a distorted version of reality. In our own digital age, the ‘mirror of the world’ that is offered to us by virtual representations faces these same problems. Virtual versions of historical objects promise reality, but necessarily distort what they display to us. This talk will present some magnificent examples of digitised historical objects from medieval to modern France, and will demonstrate how the digital space lets us explore and understand these objects. At the same time, it will consider how the virtual world influences and limits our perceptions of physical objects from history.


Dr. Anya Adair

Date and Time
May 6, 2023 (4:00 – 5:00 pm)

Theatre, Hong Kong Heritage Museum

(Livestreaming on French May Facebook channel)


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