Diana and Actaeon
This digital print was created with Strata 3d Software on a Mac. Strata 3d enables 3d Modeling: The process of creating a 3D representation of any surface or object by manipulating polygons, edges, and vertices in simulated 3D space on a computer screen.
Strata 3d has a technique called “mapping”, which facilitates the transfer of photographic imagery directly onto objects created with the software.
In October 2012 I spent a month in Florence photographing the art of the Florentine Renaissance in art galleries, churches and cathedrals. The objects in this scene (table settings, wine glasses, teacups, teapot, wall relief etc.) have all been “mapped” with these photographs.
The Greek myth of Diana and Actaeon is depicted on the large relief carving on the wall in this print. The tale recounts the unfortunate fate of a young hunter named Actaeon, who was the grandson of Cadmus, and his encounter with chaste Diana, goddess of the hunt. The latter is nude and enjoying a bath in a spring with help from her escort of nymphs when the mortal man unwittingly stumbles upon the scene. The nymphs scream in surprise and attempt to cover Diana, who, in a fit of embarrassed fury, splashes water upon Actaeon. He is transformed into a deer with a dappled hide and long antlers, robbed of his ability to speak, and thereafter promptly flees in fear. It is not long, however, before his fellow hunters and his own hounds track him down and kill him, failing to recognize their friend. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The actual marble relief, Diana and Actaeon, is displayed in the Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy. It was carved by Francesco Mosca (Moschino) in the late 1500’s. A section of my photograph of this relief has been mapped on the teapot.
The wine glasses, candlesticks, teacups and utensils are mapped with photographs of Ghiberti’s “Jacob and Esau” panel from the doors of the Baptistery of St. John at the Duomo in Florence.
The napkins, plates and candles are mapped with photographs of the illuminated manuscript “The Bible of Federico da Montefeltro. The illumination work, executed in Florence in just two years (1477-1478), is by Francesco di Antonio del Chierico, an illuminator who had reached the peak of fame at that time, and who was generously ‘loaned’ to the Duke of Urbino by Lorenzo de’ Medici. The Bible is displayed in the Laurentian Library of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence.
My objective in creating this print is to give new life to the wonders of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy.