Artist Lena Gieseke has created 3D exploration of Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica. Using Maya, Shake and Photoshop, Gieseke separated the individual elements of the mural, and then moved her 3D camera through the resulting tableau. The idea of using spatial immersion as a means to prompt deep contemplation of a painting was inspired by jigsaw puzzles:
The idea of creating a 3D version of an influential artwork came out of doing jigsaw puzzles of famous paintings. When you assemble a jigsaw, you study a painting in great detail and you become aware of the very lines, shapes and colors that the painting is composed of and how these elements merge to create a unified expression. Through the puzzle, you explore the artwork, examining details your eye might not have caught otherwise. Your experience of the painting is intense, aroused by the action of puzzling, but expanded and strengthened by your own fantasy.
via Laughing Squid