LSI Project

Franz Fischnaller (IT)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Sun Sep 8, 2019, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space 8k

THE LAST SUPPER INTERACTIVE – Art and Mathematics in the Renaissance

LSI is an immersive experimental digital narrative and virtual storytelling in 8K, based on “The Last Supper” (Italian: L’Ultima Cena), a late 15th century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci located in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Articulated in eight scenes, LSI enables the audience to visit the painting from multiple viewpoints and perspectives and explore its details in high-resolution. Alberti’s Theorem Virtual Tool (ATVT), an augmented virtual immersive interactive learning device, was designed ad hoc for LSI to gain a better understanding of how the linear perspective was used and applied by Leonardo in the painting.

Likewise, visitors can penetrate the dimensional layer of the fresco and be virtually transferred “inside.” LSI not only draws the visitors “into” the “Last Supper” scene, but also into the historical context where Leonardo created his masterpiece. Visitors can “travel” through immersive point cloud visualizations combined with the 3D simulation of the architectural complex of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo painted “The Last Supper” between 1494 and 1498. Laser scanning (in-/exterior) of the architectural complex of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie – never done before – was carried out by the Department of Mechanics of the Polytechnic of Milan for the LSI project.


Project Credits:

  • Author: Franz Fischnaller
  • Project Parters and Teams: INSA Rennes, Institut National des sciences appliquées de Rennes, France, Université de Rennes 1, 35000 Rennes , France, INRIA, institut national de recherche en sciences du numérique, France, IRISA, Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoire, UMR CNRS 6074, France, Prof. Valérie Gouranton, Univ Rennes, INSA Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA, Dr. Ronan Gaugne, Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA, Mathieu Godineau, Univ Rennes, ESIR, Inria, CNRS, IRISA, CINECA – Cineca InterUniversity Consortium, 40033 Bologna, Italy, High Performance Computing Department- SuperComputing Applications and Innovation
  • Antonella Guidazzoli : Head of Visual Information Laboratory Visit Lab
  • Silvano Imboden: MD in Computer Science and technical pipeline supervisor
  • Daniele De Luca: Virtual Heritage CG Generalist and 3D Artist
  • Politecnico di Milano 20158 MILANO, Italy (Polytechnic University of Milan) Department of Mechanics Computer Vision and Reverse Engineering Lab. – Prof. Gabriele Guidi Laura Micoli, PhD, Umair Shafqat Malik
  • HALTADEFINIZIONE® is a brand of Franco Cosimo Panini Editore S.p.A. 41124 Modena, Modena, Italy
  • the ultra-high definition image of the Last Supper supplied by Haltadefinizione, leading company in photographic acquisition of works of art in Gigapixel and 3D. LSI project research and part of the development is based on the highest-ever definition photograph of Leonardo’s Last Supper (16 billion pixels), that’s 1,600 times larger than images taken with a 10-megapixel camera. A high-resolution scan by HALTADEFINIZIONE in collaboration with the Italian ministry of culture. Bingqing Dong, Visual Artist.