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Baroque Masterpieces Deconstructed Into Pixels [Video]

Artist Quayola extracted pixelated images from two masterpieces by Rubens and Van Dyck, revealing the structures underneath.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on July 8, 2013. @emptyofpocket

Italian visual artist Davide Quagliola aka Quayola is known for his enigmatic visual installations and work animating paintings and sculpture. In Strata #4, Quayola was given access to masterpieces by Rubens and Van Dyck to create video installations that bring a new digital life to the works, pixelating them and revealing their basic foundations.

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Commissioned by Palais de Beaux Arst in Lille, Quayola worked with an HDR photographer to get 20,000 by 20,000 pixel images of the paintings. He then used computer algorithms to study and explore the painting’s structure. Explains the artist:

Strata #4 is the result of a study and exploration of the paintings themselves, delving beneath their figurative appearance and
looking at the very rules behind the composition, colour schemes and proportions of each piece. It is a precise process aimed at
creating new contemporary images based on universal rules of beauty and perfection.

Quayola’s work seamlessly blends centuries-old art with 21st technology to create unqiue new works.

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Watch Strata #4 below:

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