Madeline Gannon-Project 2 process

by Madeline Gannon @ 7:43 am 19 January 2011

Las Meninas Image Averaging

I’ve collected a series of famous variations of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, and I have aligned them in a high-res image of the original painting (below)

I’m already beginning to see patterns emerge from some of the overlays, however others are very liberal in their interpretation and I’m not sure how those will effect the entire composition. My thinking is that the algorithm I need to write will take the original image and an overlain image, and draw average the RGB values of each pixel pair. (???) Is there some better way of image averaging? or is there a better method to find what these artists value and understand in Velazquez’s masterpiece?

1 Comment

  1. You might look into doing some sort of edge detection combined with the color averaging. You could do two steps: do an edge detection for all lines and color average the background. Perhaps the mouse could let a user slide back and forth through the layers. Is there any contextual data available such as the painters, when the lived, where they worked, etc that you could use for some sort of correlations to the colors, style, composition, etc

    The thing I find most interesting is the variety of styles on the same theme and I’d like to be able to make some associations as to why that is.

    Comment by Dan Wilcox — 24 January 2011 @ 5:27 pm

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