Da Vinci’s Last Supper gets 16 billion pixel makeover
- 29 October 2007
An image of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, which is more than a thousand times more detailed than a picture taken with a typical digital camera, has been posted on the internet.
The 16 billion pixel image of the 15th century work will allow art lovers to zoom in on the artwork, without the usual graininess.
Art curator Alberto Artioli said: ‘You can see how Leonardo made the cups transparent, something you can’t ordinarily see.’
He added that the detailed view also highlights the painting’s ‘state of degradation’, which featured in Italian media reports last week.
It was claimed that the systems that were recently introduced during renovations at Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to protect the painting are not working.
Particles are still being brought in by visitors which could settle on the painting, the reports said.
More than 350,000 people visit the paining each year.
The online version of the Last Supper can be viewed at www.haltadefinizione.com.