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Extracting Geometry from a Painting – 3D Art/Virtual London circa 1616

By July 7, 2006 7 Comments

Maybe it just us, but we sometimes look at paintings and think wouldn’t it be great to flyinside that scene. So, using a section of Visscher’s panoramic view of London circa 1616, we put in lines of perspective and traced around the main features.

As the movie above shows you can then create a 3D flythough or indeed a full 3D model. We also put the painting into ActiveWorlds with avatars a while ago and its kind of interesting to not only have 3D art but also see people walking around a picture.

This would seem to be of use for multimedia applications in galleries etc… its neat but seems to be one of things that sits on our hard drive and never gets out of the lab.. still least now its on YourTube.. Soundtrack is Beethoven, Sonata nr.8 in G-Major btw.

Comments as ever welcome…


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.