Visit Picasso’s “Guernica” in 3D

01/27/2010 8:56 AM |

Guernica 3D

I’m not exactly sure what the artistic merit or educational value of digital artist Lena Gieseke‘s 3D rendition of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica“—one of the most famous and powerful Modern artworks in the world and a devastating account of a calamitous event—since so much of the monumental painting’s force derives from the way its various parts build upon one another into an overwhelming tableau of human suffering and cruelty. On the other hand Gieseke’s swooping, snaking video (embedded after the jump) is really cool, and might actually help you pick out a detail or figure that you’d never noticed before in the crowded composition—like, I’d never noticed the extreme tension and pain in the lower-right-hand human figure’s outstretched leg, but that limb is definitely about to break. I’m not sure if Gieseke’s taking requests for her next video, but a 3D fly-through of a Murakami painting could be fun and similarly revelatory. Please? (Artdaily)