3D Rendering Of Classic Painting Brings 17th Century Drama To Life [Video]

One 3D artist found his muse in an epic depiction of war.

While technology has the power to link us with people and places around the world, it also help us better connect with the cultural masterpieces of the past. After being challenged by his wife, Hungarian 3D artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas (Ekho for short) mapped Gyula Benczúr‘s “The Recapture of Buda in 1686″ onto a 3D frame, creating a world that the viewer can almost walk through. Even more impressively, Ekho managed to complete the project by himself with relatively dated equipment, while similar fly-through 3D projects take an entire team of people to complete.

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With the final 3D rendering reached 8.5 million polygons, it’s safe to say that this was a massive undertaking. The final video had to be recut several times because the resolution was so high that it created choppiness on most computers. However, in this age of bite-sized information and short attention spans, there’s no better way to keep people focused on an old painting than to truly immerse them in it.

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Images: Gizmodo, Web Gallery of Art
Sources: Gizmodo, Ekho’s Behance

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