Renaissance Revolutions – New Technology for Old Masters

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A series on Renaissance painting presented by Matthew Collings which uses modern technology to examine old masters. BBC Knowledge’s Adam Barker on applying new technology to examine old masters: “The scary thing about working with graphics in this way is that you only see them right at the end of the edit. But some of the techniques used in the series are able to achieve astounding visual effects.”

Adam Barker: ”

When Renaissance Revolution was pitched to me, I was intrigued by the idea from the production company Blakeway Productions of using cutting edge graphic techniques to present classic artworks on television. Other television genres such as science and history programmes have made excellent use of graphic techniques to enhance the storytelling, whereas arts programmes have tended to be more conservative.

I was also slightly nervous about doing anything which might interfere with the visual qualities of the original paintings – which are, after all, among the masterpieces of Western civilisation – and we have tried to avoid that where possible.

In recent years a lot of innovative work has been produced in the field of high resolution image mapping using the latest digital technology. While online users have had access to large scale zoom capabilities, allowing them to focus in on specific areas of interest, rarely have these techniques been employed in producing broadcast television sequences.

The result is no ordinary art series. It pioneers techniques for how we view art on screen, allowing for a thrilling full high definition wide shot of a famous old master painting, and zooming to two centimetres of its exquisite details.

In terms of resolution these are the highest quality images ever made of complete paintings, the production team were able record at an amazing 65,000,000 pixels in one image. It is a credit to graphics maestro Paul Tierney and producers Paul Tilzey and Randall Wright that they managed to make this technology work. ” …..Read on

Renaissance Revolutions
Episode 1: Raphael’s ‘Madonna of the Meadow’
Episode 2: “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.
Episode 3: “The Baptism of Christ” by Piero della Francesca.

Unfortunately the playlist starts with Episode 3, followed by Episode 2 and 1. You might want to skip to video 10 and work your way back up. The playlist also has “Raphael – From Urbino To Rome “, a short documentary on the life of Raphael put out by London’s National Gallery in 2004.

Renaissance Revolutions & Raphael – From Urbino To Rome