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News: Bacchus, Up Close and Personal

bacchus caravaggioThe company that captured a high-res version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper three years ago is back at it again, this time at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. HAL9000, a company specializing in art photography, has created new multi-billion-pixel images of Bacchus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, Eleanor of Toledo by Agnolo di Cosimo, The Baptism of Christ by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci and The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.
From Wired.com about the extraordinary image of Bacchus by Caravaggio (read the rest of the article here):

This image of Bacchus makes Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s revolutionary realism — as seen in the gritty fingernails of his reclining model in the sensual painting nicknamed “drunk Bacchus” — easy to zoom in on and linger over.
Minute details usually mulled over by art historians, such as the rumored self-portrait of the artist reflected in the wine decanter, are just a few clicks away. The Tuesday launch is a kind of love letter to the Baroque bad boy, believed born on this day in 1571.

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