Dimitris Ladopoulos Uses an Algorithm to Create 3D Color Studies of Historic Portraits

Athens-based motion graphics and visual designer Dimitris Ladopoulos is joining together portraiture painting with state of the art technology, he innovatively makes use of an algorithm that converts historical paintings into elaborate modern studies of color.

The venture is a result of Ladopoulos’ interest in “treemapping”, a data visualization method for presenting hierarchical information using stacked rectangles. The algorithm divides a rectangle vertically, and after that horizontally. Having a provided maximum for one unit, it arbitrarily selects a number of splits and repeats them over and over, based on the user-defined amount of iterations. The variability of the algorithm is akin to “the painters’ approach of using broader and finer strokes,” the rectangles uncover the delicate changes in tone behind apparently solid colors.

The stark geometry and physical feeling of the resulting images stands in immediate contrast with the natural softness and human nature of the original paintings. His modified portraits span the age of classical portraiture, from the renowned plasticity of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as well as the photorealism of Vermeer’s Milkmaid, towards the neoclassical austerity of The Princesse de Broglie by Ingres along with the haunting impressionism of Vincent van Gogh’s portrait by Australian painter John Peter Russell.

The digital compositions offer a modern day look at historic works of art.  As stated on his website, Dimitris Ladopoulos aims to explore the convergence of art, science, and design through his works.

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