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Reflecting on the Ghent Altarpiece

Reflecting on the Ghent Altarpiece

The original purpose and symbolism of the Ghent Altarpiece is explored with insights from the 2012 Van Eyck studies symposium in Brussels.

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Francesco

Perugino – Raphael’s Master

A review of the Alte Pinakothek’s Perugino: Raphael’s Master exhibition in Munich 2011-12. Perugino’s Northern influence, particularly Memling is explored.

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Big Studios, Big Art

Big Studios, Big Art

While I was in Antwerp, Belgium, a few weeks ago, I became inevitably immersed in the world of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640), the city’s most celebrated citizen. Although his art takes me beyond the boundaries of the early Renaissance and into the Baroque, Rubens was formed by the guild and workshop system of [...]

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The Volumetric Eye

The Volumetric Eye

The 3D modeller is an expert in volumetric analysis. They can look at complex objects in the real world such as trees, vehicles and architecture, and see volumetric primitives (cubes, spheres, tubes etc.) underlying the complexity. Without this ability, a would-be 3D modeller would flounder. Industry software like 3D Studio Max quickly trains modellers to [...]

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My Avatar, My Salvation

My Avatar, My Salvation

Immersion in virtual worlds begins with the ability to enter that world, usually as a character, be it human, android, or furry.  This character, our avatar, represents our self – a variable blend of who we think we are and who we might want to be, if even for a moment. If we see our [...]

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Humanism – the Renaissance meets VR

Humanism – the Renaissance meets VR

Is Renaissance Humanism a central feature of VR experiences? It’s important to define firstly what my understanding of these concepts are for the purposes of this blog. My oversimplified take on Renaissance humanism is that it was characterized by an emphasis upon the potential of the individual for self realisation through education, artistic appreciation and social [...]

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