Saturday, May 29, 2010
Open Letter on Rembrandt to Steve DiPaola
This item crossed my computer screen yesterday and elicited the following open letter to Mr DiPaola :
A University of British Columbia researcher has uncovered what makes Rembrandt's masterful portraits so appealing.
Leonardo, UBC researcher Steve DiPaola argues that Rembrandt may have pioneered a technique that guides the viewer's gaze around a portrait, creating a special narrative and "calmer" viewing experience.
Renaissance artists used various techniques to engage viewers, many incorporating new scientific knowledge on lighting, spatial layout and perspectives. To isolate and pinpoint factors that contribute to the "magic" of Rembrandt's portraits, DiPaola used computer-rendering programs to recreate four of the artist's most famous portraits from photographs of himself and other models. Replicating Rembrandt's techniques, he placed a sharper focus on specific areas of the model's face, such as the eyes.
Posted by Thingumbobesquire at 10:33 AM
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