I’ve always loved looking at the cracks in paintings, sometimes they’ve been more my concern than the actual work itself (I am thinking specifically of Malevich’s Black Square. Most images on the Net don’t show it, but this seminal painting is highly fragmented – the Tate have a good example though, simply scroll down a bit). Seeing a painting break down, it’s meaning crack apart and it’s image shift around like continental plates!
I will probably never be one of the many many thousand+ visitors who flock to see Leonardo’s The Last Supper painting, and one could argue now why would you need to. Considering this new scan, racking up a whopping 16 billion pixels, will let you zoom in and view the gap between someone’s fingers, or if you prefer, peer into Jesus’s gob.
BBC article about haltadefinizione
Harlem in 13 gigapixels
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