Skip

We'll never have to go outside again!
October 29, 2007 10:13 AM   Subscribe

The Last Supper is now available in high definition at the click of a button. Feel free to take a gander and then cross it off your list.
posted by nixerman (37 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's a lot of pixels. Wow.
posted by GuyZero at 10:23 AM on October 29, 2007


I like how they watermarked the crap out of it.
posted by rusty at 10:25 AM on October 29, 2007


Like GuyZero said: wow. I just kept zooming! Who would have thought that The Last Supper went fractal?

The background music is a little ridiculous.
posted by painquale at 10:26 AM on October 29, 2007


I'm surprised Dan Brown didn't mention anything about all those H9's. Clearly some kind of secret Rosicrucian code.
posted by painquale at 10:27 AM on October 29, 2007


"Hey, Jesus? It's really kind of cramped on this side of the table. Can't a few of us maybe, you know, sit on the other side? Plus we're out of cheese and eating just bread and wine at this point, which is going to get us hammered real quick."
posted by brain_drain at 10:29 AM on October 29, 2007


which is going to get us hammered real quick.

Heh.
posted by R. Mutt at 10:31 AM on October 29, 2007 [5 favorites]


I zoomed in really really close, and I couldn't help thinking that it has deteriorated so much that it's more of a study in materials science than it is a study in art.

My impression is that it's meant to more closely recreate the experience of being with the painting. At least, that's what I hoped for before I took a look. Instead, it felt like visiting a flash site with weird music.

Of course, the thought of waiting in a long line among other tourists to take a quick peek at it doesn't sound that great either. I think sitting on the floor of the bookstore looking at well-produced color plates in books is my favorite way to absorb the classics.
posted by jiiota at 10:32 AM on October 29, 2007


My God! That is a vagina!
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:36 AM on October 29, 2007


What a terrible way to try and view a painting especially when compared to the experience of standing in front of an original. Sure, this is novel but no substitute for making art trips. That said, see the new Age of Rembrandt exhibition at the Met is at all possible.
posted by podwarrior at 10:44 AM on October 29, 2007


Christ: What an asshole!
Judas: But I haven't done anything yet!
posted by Abiezer at 10:53 AM on October 29, 2007 [3 favorites]


I was sort of hoping to find a half eaten Happy Meal pizza tucked away behind a goblet.
posted by maryh at 10:56 AM on October 29, 2007


That guy on the far right... is that China Miéville?
posted by MtDewd at 11:05 AM on October 29, 2007


Slow, slow, boring, and slow. It's just an ad for posters.
posted by seanmpuckett at 11:23 AM on October 29, 2007


My God, it's full of H9s.

No words. Should have sent... a poet.
posted by shmegegge at 11:24 AM on October 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


What a terrible way to try and view a painting especially when compared to the experience of standing in front of an original. Sure, this is novel but no substitute for making art trips.

Most people can't afford to travel to Milan to look at the original. Tell kids who have never been out of their home state that looking at famous paintings online is "terrible."

Also, why exactly is this so much worse? You can examine the artwork for as long as you want at a high level of detail. That can be difficult or impossible to accomplish at a museum, especially with a popular work.
posted by brain_drain at 11:25 AM on October 29, 2007


Anyone have a link to the jpg?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:29 AM on October 29, 2007


I'll tell you what I want! I want a last supper with one Christ, twelve disciples, no kangaroos, no trampoline acts, by Thursday lunch, or you don't get paid!
posted by Cookiebastard at 11:33 AM on October 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


"Bwah dahn daaaa....bwah duuuh uhn daaaaa....."

For me, the issue at hand here is not the pixels or Leonardo or expensive art trips or even H9s; it's the shocking reality that is the Swingle Singers.

This is just not okay. I'm surprised the big J.C. (no, not Johann Christian, silly...it was Johann Sebastian being butchered) consented to appear on a website that's facilitating such an obvious musical travesty. Maybe he needs a new manager or agent or something.
posted by nosila at 11:58 AM on October 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


To quote the linked Telegraph article making a half-hearted stab at a talking point;

"Sure, everyone and their mother is on the Internet these days, and our lives are immeasurably enriched for it. But should everything — even one of the world’s most famous paintings — be as freely available as news and instructions on the latest hip-pop dance moves?"

FOAD. Are these guys paid by comment?
posted by Gratishades at 12:12 PM on October 29, 2007


Did I just see a lawn gnome?
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:40 PM on October 29, 2007


To quote the linked Telegraph article making a half-hearted stab at a talking point...

posted by Gratishades

The fatuous comment you posted is from the linked New York Times article, not the Telegraph - you anti-British bastard:)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 12:40 PM on October 29, 2007


I zoomed in closerer, but I still couldn't see the damn rabbit.
posted by rokusan at 1:14 PM on October 29, 2007


Jody T- apologies, saw the "T" in the tab and the piss poor journalism so assumed Telegraph. I can assure you it is not me being more anti-Brit than usual, though as I've chosen to leave the UK my anti-Brit credentials are questionable. Apologies to the Tele.. no I can't do that. Comment applies to NYT though, cheers for correction.
posted by Gratishades at 1:22 PM on October 29, 2007


"I can assure you it is not me being more anti-Brit than usual, though as I've chosen to leave the UK my anti-Brit credentials are questionable."

Snap Gratishades!

(sheepishly owns up to being a UK expat in NY...14 questionable years now.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 1:33 PM on October 29, 2007


I was more interested when I misread that as the last "stripper"....
posted by HuronBob at 2:19 PM on October 29, 2007


I had no idea the Last Supper was a paint-by-numbers, but zoom into that sucker and you can see the evidence.

I'm guessing the kit came with a LOT of color H9.
posted by davelog at 3:04 PM on October 29, 2007


Try the veal!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:42 PM on October 29, 2007




I finally found Waldo.
posted by loquacious at 6:03 PM on October 29, 2007


Andy would cream his pants
posted by matteo at 6:11 PM on October 29, 2007


I just want to know who's the owner of the hand with the knife....
posted by samsara at 8:59 PM on October 29, 2007


They shoulda made the window bigger and offered less zoom. Maybe there are people who really need to examine the paint flakes one at a time, but I didn't find much that was discernible past like 10% zoom.
posted by scarabic at 9:44 PM on October 29, 2007


That was my reaction as well. They scan it at this ungodly resolution and then parcel it out in meager 500 pixel morsels. By the time you can make out any detail, you have lost all context.

Blar. I was at the legion of honor this past weekend and I remembered that they have a similar service for many of the pieces in their museum. They used to let let you specify your window size which was great for seeing much of the image at once. Now they use some flash application which also see fit serve many pixels through a tiny view. Alas. They also seem to have only far lower resolutions scans now. It was great back in the day. Too bad they crippled it.
posted by lucidprose at 10:25 PM on October 29, 2007


>my mom<>/my mom<
posted by maryh at 10:38 PM on October 29, 2007


Sorry, my lame joke was lost to the ether.
posted by maryh at 10:59 PM on October 29, 2007


So much ado about nothing.

But gee, thanks for the Last Breakfast, PT! That's fun.
posted by Goofyy at 8:09 AM on October 30, 2007


Nosila: For. Real.

Belay the superficial touch-up brushes, boys; this'n's got an a capella infestation somethin' terrible. Cross the streams and break out the mood slime.
posted by unregistered_animagus at 10:21 PM on October 30, 2007


« Older What's that tune?   |   Romance via vague, anonymous e-mail Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments



Post