Guernica in 3D

Guernica in 3D you say? Impossible? Not for grad student Lena Gieseke. As part of her thesis at the University of Georgia, Gieseke utilized photo-imaging and 3D modeling software (Maya, Shake & Photoshop) to recreate the complex forms in Picasso's war-influenced seminal work.

 Truly outstanding in its own right, Gieseke's work may help educators and students to interpret this and other masterpieces. The possibilities for this technology are also intriguing for art historians to understand the work flows of artists like Picasso who frequently took multiple photographs of works in progress. 3D depictions can isolate changes, not only in the steps leading to a finished piece but also the evolution of the artist's thought processes. I'd love to see a 3D version of Picasso's "The Three Dancers," another major work with conflicting interpretations that passed through major revisions leading to the "finished" piece.


From Lena's project website:

"The idea of creating a 3D version of an influential artwork came out of doing jigsaw puzzles of famous paintings. When you assemble a jigsaw, you study a painting in great detail and you become aware of the very lines, shapes and colors that the painting is composed of and how these elements merge to create a unified expression. Through the puzzle, you explore the artwork, examining details your eye might not have caught otherwise. Your experience of the painting is intense, aroused by the action of puzzling, but expanded and strengthened by your own fantasy.

This 3D rendering of Picasso's Guernica offers a similar experience. The actual spatial immersion into a painting is a powerful way to prompt contemplation of its many facets. My project is not only a creative piece of work on its own; it stands in a larger context. It provides the unusual opportunity to view the painting from a unique perspective, revealing aspects that would normally stay hidden from the casual viewer. When we discern the original painting in this three-dimensional reproduction, we recognize which features most significantly constitute the painting. Consequently this three-dimensional exploration of Picasso's Guernica is an innovative technique for comprehending and appreciating the original masterpiece.

My primary intention for the project was to create a provoking and deep contemplation of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. Is my model a true reconstruction of the Picasso’s painting, or is it merely a rough re-visualization? Is it still Picasso’s art or has it, through my addition of third dimension, become something completely different? It is not my place to answer those questions nor to determine the relationship between my three-dimensional reproduction and the original painting. Perhaps this is a question best left in the hands of critics."  Lena Gieske.

Note: Apparently, Lena Gieske's project website has been taken down due to issues of copyright. Unconfirmed.