Ultra-high definition reproductions will be produced of the Saint John the Baptist, Saint Francis in Prayer and Narcissus, which is famous despite its authorship being in disupte. These works will become available in the virtual gallery, which will give free access to anyone, to these works from Italian museums. This is important right now, as we do not know when we will have normal access to our museums again.
These three masterpieces will join several other works of Caravaggio that are also in the Haltadefinizione online gallery. There is Judith and Holofernes, which is also held in the Palazzo Barberini and many other works as well, from the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
With this new technology, anyone can enjoy a new way of viewing works of art, that allows a very close view of the work that surpasses our normal vision. It allows the viewer to zoom into the image with a kind of digital magnifying glass, into Caravaggio’s dense brush strokes in oil colors, to discover even the most hidden details.
Luca Ponzio, founder of Haltadefinizione, has said, “Ultra-high definition digital capture, gigapixel or gigapixel+3D, allows museums to reach several of their objectives. For instance, it is useful for monitoring the conservation status of paintings as well as for study and research. It also allows for enhanced social value, allowing the public to have access to view digital copies of works of art, from a distance. For this reason, in 2019 Haltadefinizione signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, to promote and enhance the collections in the state museums. This digital acquistion and publishing technology can be applied paintings, frescoes, manuscripts and even statues.”
High resolution, quality and detail, come together to make a new way of looking at art that reveals new details and surprises with ultra-high resolution Gigapixel technology. This lends itself to many different uses and applications for researchers and students of painting technique and today it is an indispensable teaching tool for long-distance learning.