The Last Supper in 16 billion pixels close-up


The Last Supper, the most famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, has been posted on the internet as a very high resolution image that enables anyone to zoom in on minute details of the painting for close-up examination.

HAL9000 (love the name!), the company behind this project, says:

[…] The online visualisation system of the highest definition photograph ever in the world (16 billion pixels) will in fact let viewers enlarge and observe any portion of the painting, giving them a clear view of sections down to as little as one millimetre square.

Photography enthusiasts will undoubtedly understand the significance of using a Nikon D2Xs digital SLR camera and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D IF-ED telephoto lens to shoot the picture:

[…] The CMOS sensor of the D2Xs camera offers real-resolution images to 12.4 megapixels with practically null background noise even at intermediate ISO values capturing both the well lit details and the details in shadow without losing color fidelity thanks to its 12-bit effective depth of color; these features are very important in the composition of high definition images of works of art which contain barely perceptible and delicate nuances such as those created by the hand of Leonardo da Vinci in his Last Supper masterpiece.

The site hosting the digital image has a terrific video of setting up for the shoot, the substantial technology and many people involved, and taking the pictures.

I like the way they discreetly got in all the sponsors’ logos. Nifty product placement!

Also surprised the video’s not on YouTube. Yet.

See it all here –

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