I’ve been fascinated by two things lately: Cinemagraphs (think Hogwarts-esque photographs that move) and Renaissance art. And this being 4th of July weekend, I had a bit of time on my hands, so I did some research and took a crack at creating my first Cinemagraph.
Before I go into deets, here’s the result! The goal was to bring some of my favorite Renaissance paintings to life by creating an image that felt like it had a sense of movement and passage of time. It combines 5 different paintings, see if you can spot them all! 🙂
Music: Hymn To The Sea by James Horner
Instead of bringing just one painting to life, I thought it might be exponentially more fun to mix a few and tell a more interesting story. So, I chose 5 pieces by Titian done in High Renaissance and Mannerism styles. Though, I think the feel of the final Cinemagraph is a lot more Carvaggio’s tenebrism-esque with the pronounced light contrasts.
There are a lot of plug-and-play type software that you can use to quickly build a Cinemagraph like Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro, but I wanted to create one from scratch and have more control over the medium, so instead I went with a mixture of Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.
So.. The 5 paintings featured are (clockwise):
- Portrait of Clarissa Strozi
- Equestrian Portrait of Charles V
- Lavinia, The Girl With A Basket Of Fruits
- Venus of Urbino
- The Man With A Glove
And here you can see them all together in one frame:
It was super fun to create the Cinemagraph and surprisingly, it only took about 4 hours to put all the tiny details together and animate the whole thing! I think I might do one to commemorate all major events and trips from now on.
For now, it’s back to enjoying a fabulous weekend full of fireworks, bonfires, marshmallows and reading!
Happy Fourth! ❤️