25 May 2021

Digital technology and fine art: a Baroque masterpiece by Andrea Pozzo is a click away

At the Haltadefinizione website, an ultra-high resolution Gigapixel display of the frescoed ceiling of the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Rome is now available, part of the worldwide celebration of the five hundreth anniversary of the Saint’s conversion.

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Upon the five-hundreth anniversary of the conversion to Christianity of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, Haltadefinizione offers a close look at Andrea Pozzo’s immense masterpiece, a glorious celebration of the Saint.

Pozzo was himself a member of the order, and was a well-known painter and theorist of perspective who in a brief time became one of the most important figures of the late Baroque in Europe. Among his numerous works are the frescos that depict the Glory of Saint Ignatius, which place him in the first rank of Roman Baroque painters. In this ceiling, the artist displays his theoretical knowledge of perspective, showing the illusion of depth, as seen from below looking upward.

Haltadefinizione has performed ultra-high resolution “Gigapixel” digital acquisition photography of the entire surface of the ceiling frescoes, with permission from the Fondo Edifici di Culto (FEC), the monument’s legal owner.

You can admire every detail of this masterpiece in ultra-high definition, at the Haltadefinizione website.

With Haltadefinizione’s proprietary digital photography and display technology, it is possible to zoom in all the way down to the image surface, without losing ultra-high definition.

Haltadefinizione founder Luca Ponzio says, “This year marks five hundred years since the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and we join in the commemoration with the digital publication of Andrea Pozzo’s fresco, so that art lovers everywhere will be able to see and appreciate this spectacular masterpiece.”

Some signs of the preparatory designs are among the most suggestive visible details. To paint a fresco on a large surface meant transferring the design using techniques like division into quadrants. That allowed the artist to decorate a flat surface and to transfer that into the fresco’s space to enlarge the sketch into perspective. In some places you can still see the incisions, for example in the area around the Trinity.

Pozzo’s fresco in the Church of Saint Ignatius is part of the broader scope of enhancements and greater access to Italy’s cultural heritage, brought about by Haltadefinizione.

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