Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jesus Enters the Modern World

“The Last Supper” is one of the most revered works of art of all time, for its nearly accurate portrayal of Jesus, the event itself, and for its vivid and life-like detail and color. Since 1498, when the painting was first created, it has tremendously deteriorated and faded. Although its quality has deeply declined in the past few centuries, it has still been wildly appreciated by millions, and the attempts to preserve it have not been disappointing. Recently, Mario Taddei was accompanied by fellow scientists at Milan’s Leonardo3 to digitally recreate the masterpiece, in order to give insight to the original artwork’s beauty, full quality, and to enhance the recent portrayals of it.
Using the remains of the original, poor-quality work of art, other interpretations and recreations of it, and science, these scientists were able to successfully recreate the world’s treasured masterpiece. They used a long, tedious analytical process of taking each pixel, and closely analyzing it for the exact color, texture, and pigment levels of each stroke. These scientists also had the ability to add the forgotten piece of “The Last Supper”, the lower half which contained Jesus’ feet, which had been cut off centuries ago when the painting was used for a door. This had been done by the analyzing of many contemporary portrayals of the painting. This new digital creation is meant to be cherished and treasured, just as DaVinci would have wanted to impact the world.

-Rebecca W.
Period 7

1 comment:

Erika said...

It's so ironic how even ancient history can contain traces of technology. The recreation of the foot is fascinating, as technology has come so far and given us an entirely new perspective. Nice job!