3D Art: Extracting Geometry from Paintings

Revisiting a previous post, sometimes I look at paintings and think wouldn’t it be great to fly inside 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.

How was it done? Take a look at our follow up post Back to 1999 – Still Love Canoma.

Author Bio

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


  1. Anonymous - April 28, 2010

    Great execution. I think it could be improved by making the main features conform to the actual geography around Bankside/City/London Bridge in a preexisting 3D model.

  2. Urban Orienteer - April 30, 2010

    This is Fantastic!

    I’d love to see a Bruegel or Bosch painting in this way.

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