You can now use Google Street View to walk through the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome.
article at NYTimes ArtsBeat
AAR friends – you might recognize some of these. I’ve produced several 3d prints directly from 3d scans, now available as full-color miniatures in my Shapeways shop. More on the way.
P.S. Any historical info on these particular objects would be greatly appreciated!
“… in the medieval and early modern period…There’s a kind of Bermuda Triangle of terror, horror, and wonder, which have deep subterranean connections with each other. They all involve the perception that something extraordinary has happened. And they wobble. They can easily transmute from one into the other.”
full article at Nautilus
Article on Emmett Till’s father, Louis Till, and the hidden Plot E cemetery in France.
We had the great fortune of visiting Plot E on our tour of the Western Front in 2008. The caretaker for the Oise-Aisne WW1 cemetery at the time invited us back to it, behind the visitor center. A chilling, anonymous place.
Here’s a 3d scan of the 4th c. footprint found and preserved from below the Lod Mosaic, now on view at the Philadelphia Archaeology Museum. (also trying out this sketchfab thingy)
I’ve got a couple photos in the current issue of The New York Review of Books, to accompany the article “A Masterpiece on the Rise of Christianity” by Garry Wills.
The apse mosaic of Santa Pudenziana and a detail of the apse in Santa Maria in Domnica. Thanks again, Jana!
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.
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