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Angels in Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is one of the nicest museums I have visited. We had been there before but this time the explicit reason was to study the paintings of Archangel Michael by Gerard David, Luca Giordano and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. I didn’t find the latter but the museum offered plenty compensation. The Kunsthistorisches…

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Synthetic Image research in February

The central event of this week’s work on The Synthetic Image was a visit to the Louvre museum in Paris. Intended to study the two paintings of Archangel Michael by Raphael, the hours spent roaming the endless museum halls also inspired a great many ideas. More about that here. To prepare for the visit I…

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Raphael’s archangels and Louvre inspirations

The two paintings of the Archangel Michael by Raphael were the direct reason for wanting to visit the Louvre again. Paris being only two hours away from our home, I travel there regularly. But Raphael hadn’t moved me much in the past. And seeing the two paintings in person didn’t blow me away this time…

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The Endless Forest multiplayer in Unreal

The Unreal Forest: step 1

We have made quite a bit of progress in the past few weeks with the remake of The Endless Forest in the Unreal Engine. Thanks to the generous support of many of you, we can make this work our highest priority. We are continuing to raise funds to support this project. You have almost collected…

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Synthetic Image research in January

The first week I had reserved for The Synthetic Image research project sadly suffered from several unwelcome distractions and interruptions. Excessive rainfall had caused clogged drains in our new home that took two days to investigate and repair. Our car had a flat tire that needed to be fixed. I had to do some accounting…

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Carlo Crivelli’s Saint Michael

Carlo Crivelli: Saint Michael (about 1476) 90.5 x 26.5 cm tempera on poplar currently in the National Gallery in London This analysis was done on 18 January 2017 based on photographic reproductions found on the internet. One of 4 panels from an altarpiece in Ascoli Piceno, a town in the Marche region in East Italy…

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Diorama of Archangel Michael

The choice of Archangel Michael as subject of my diorama is obvious: he is my patron saint since I carry the same name (although my atheist parents named my after the Florentine renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti). As a result I have always been fascinated by depictions of the archangel. Historical depictions Archangel Michael is most…

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New Year’s resolution

I like traditions. So I use the beginning of a new year to resolve to try out something for a year, to see if it improves my life. I’m pretty good at sticking to these resolutions. 2016 Last year I decided to not consult any news sources. In the beginning that included Twitter but I…

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Every poem is a cathedral

Notes scribbled down in a small notebook while visiting the Louvre in Paris with a feverish head last week. There is a place underneath everything where nothing has a function, where everything exists without reason or purpose. Pure joy of being. Art, when it is beautiful, connects to that place. Truth is absence of meaning….

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Virtual Reality observations

When I started considering VR for new creations at Tale of Tales, I didn’t imagine a very big distinction between our previous work in realtime 3D (artistic videogames) and what we would do in VR. After all, I never thought of our work as screen-based exactly. For me what mattered was the creation of a…

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