Leonardo in extreme close-up

Now this is some seriously impressive photography. Haltadefinizione offers a 16 gigapixel image of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, which you can scroll around and zoom in and in and in and in and in, to a level of detail you wouldn’t see in real life unless you had your nose pressed against it and had really good close vision. And quite possibly not even then.

The work is a composite of 1,677 photographs taken under highly controlled lighting conditions and taken with a Nikon D2Xs camera fitted with a high quality 600mm lens. Lots of processing power went into creating the composite, which works very well indeed.

As the BBC report mentions, this incredibly close view makes it dreadfully clear how badly damaged the painting is by the ravages of time and pollution.

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