Animated Classical Paintings
David and Gliath by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

“Beauty”, the title of a short film featuring animated classical paintings was made by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, a director and experimental animator based in Milan. To make the classical paintings alive, he used the parallax technique, or what is known as 2.5D effect.

Considered as a new way of presenting world renowned-paintings, the film has attracted many viewers and it will be shown in various festivals all over the world. Tagliafierro was acclaimed for his work, which uses modern technology to present classical art.

Animated Classical Paintings
Sewing by William Adolphe Bouguereau

The short film is a real feast to the eyes. With more than a hundred paintings featured, the show lasts several hours. Indeed, Tagliafierro has made these frozen images into stunning life, enhancing their aesthetic worth. Critics described the paintings as eerie and moving.

The short film starts with the Catskill Valley by Asher Brown Durand and ends with Abtei im eichwald (The Abbey in the Oakwood) by Caspar David Friedrich. The Catskills Valley was painted in 1859 and it shows the grandeur and beauty of the countryside especially of Eastern United States. The Abbey in the Oakwood shows an old abbey with monks about to enter its doors.

Using the parallax technique, the images come into life as they resemble a slow motion. The painting Nature’s Fan Girl with a Child by William Adolph Bouguereau is a great sight to behold as a girl fans a baby using the leaves of a tree.

Paintings which emotional impact is intensified by animating them are L’Innocence, Songs of the Angels, and Two Sisters, all by Bouguereau.

With these film, the creator is able to transport the viewers back in time and see how the leaves in the paintings move as the breeze blew on them or how a child’s smile turns his face into a bright full moon.

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