The Virtual Gallery
This image was inspired from the April '95 cover of Scientific
American. It features paintings from several artists, all texture
mapped onto different surfaces. The floor is a light blue marble,
with a perfectly reflective gazing sphere sitting in the middle.
In the name of art, I've chosen the artists and pictures carefully,
for what I feel would be their interest in the way computer graphics
can represent the world. They are, from left to right:
Rene Magritte's "Le Chateau des Pyrenees". (1959) Magritte had a unique
interest in the melding of image and reality.
DaVinci's La Joconde, best known as the Mona Lisa. (1503-06) DaVinci
had one of the best eyes for perspective of all painters of his
time...it's interesting to note that the features of the Mona Lisa
may, in fact, be closer to DaVinci's own face than that of his model.
George Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande
Jatte". (1884-86) Seurat was one of the first to really experiment
with the ability of a limited palette to represent every color in the
rainbow. Witness that all of our images today seem to only have red,
green, and blue in them :-)
Salvador Dali's "Persistence of Memory". (1931) Actually, I just
always thought this print looked cool, so it got added in.
Jan Vermeer's "The Concert". (1665-66) Vermeer had one of the best
eyes for the way light could fill a scene. His "Music Lesson" is used
as the inspiration for the cover for Foley, Van Dam, et al. as a
radiosity example. A similar effect is in this work. If you happen
to see this painting in real life, please notify the authorities --
it was stolen from Boston's Gardner Museum in 1990.
Finally, in the gazing sphere (and a little bit in the reflection off
the Mona Lisa), you can just make out M. C. Escher's Dewdrop (1948).
Escher loved to study reflections, especially self portrait's in
gazing spheres...I think he would love to see how a ray tracer can
accurately model the reflections inherent in most of his work.
Unfortunately, at this resolution, it is far too difficult to examine
This image won an "aesthetic honorable mention" in the class's