Category Archives: american academy in rome

New 3D prints available at Shapeways: 6″ Boar Carriers, 6″ Inscription, Umbrella Pines Panorama Sphere

Three new, full-color 3D prints available at Shapeways:  6″ version of the Boar Carriers frieze, ready to hang on a wall; 6″ version of the P. Cornelius Synistor inscription, also ready to hang;  2″ panoramic photo-sphere of the umbrella pines in Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome. The “Sandstone” material gives them an authentic, stone-like feel.
boarCarriers6inchFull synistor6inchFull pamphiliSphere2inchHand pamphiliSphere2inchFull

175 Rome Churches (animation)

175 Rome Churches sequence – online version and documentation. Includes a list and interactive map of all the churches.

During a period of 11 months I walked and explored the city, visiting, documenting, and researching 175 churches from paleochristian to baroque. I was drawn to the inherent desire in classic church architecture – the focus, symmetry, and implied movement. Over time I found that I was making the same photograph in each space – aligning myself to the center axis, focusing on the apse of the church.

All churches are thinly present throughout the sequence. As the animation progresses each image becomes more opaque and then recedes into the mix.

An earlier version of the sequence, 129 Rome Churches, was presented 30 May 2012 at the American Academy in Rome during the School of Fine Arts Concert. It was shown as a visual complement to Lei Liang’s In Praise of Shadows (2005), a piece for solo flute.

A few more Rome 3D scans

Bernini’s Elephant in front of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Constantine’s head at the Capitoline Museum

A tiny Faun relief on the wall underneath Santa Maria Maggiore – rendered with a bit of flickering-light drama…

The Apotheosis of Titus on the Arch of Titus