Mona Lisa may be First 3D Image! Stereoscopy

January 4, 2020 posted by

So the Mona Lisa might be the first 3D Image! German researchers Claus-Christian Carbon
and Vera Hesslinger studied the famous Leonardo da Vinci portrait alongside a very similar
copy known as the “Prado Mona Lisa” in Spain. They conclude that the pair might be the world’s
first stereoscopic image. But wait! What is a stereoscopic image? How
can two images be 3D image? Stereoscopy is a technique where you create
the illusion of depth by using two similar, but slightly shifted images. Basically, it
mimics what our eyes see. Your left eye and right eye can look at the
same object, the vision is slightly different because of the distance between your pupils.
Your body sends these two flat images to the brain, and your brain smooshes the two images
together, and voila, you have depth perception! Amazing! However, since you’re looking at a flat
image, rather than a 3 dimensional object, tricking your eye into thinking it’s 3 dimensional
is a little trickier. You might see something if you full screen this video, cross your
eyes, and adjust your head closer or farther from the screen. But that might be a bit uncomfortable,
and still not produce the desired result. So thats why we have a stereoscope to comfortably
view the images. The first one was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838, but if
da Vinci were to have made one to accompany these two paintings, he would have predated
this by more than 300 years. The Prado version was introduced to the public
in 2012 as a possible work of deVinci or one of his students. It’s thoerized that the
paintings were painted side by side, which would explain the slight difference in perspective. Intrigued, Carbon and Hesslinger decided to
calculate the positions between the painters (or painter) and they concluded that the horizontal
shift between the two paintings were 2.7 inches, which happens to be very close to the average
distance between a person’s eyes. Turns out, among all his other studies, DaVinci
also researched monocular and binocular vision, aspects of optics, eye anatomy, and light
reflections. So it could’ve been that he intentionally tried to create a stereoscopic
art. It’s impossible to know whether Carbon and
Hesslinger’s observations are just a coincidence, or if if was intentionally made to be stereoscopic.
What do you guys think? Do you buy it? Or do you just think it’s a result of how the
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8 Replies to “Mona Lisa may be First 3D Image! Stereoscopy”

  1. matt knox says:

    Why are the colors of the two so different?  Why didn't the Prado Mona Lisa age the same amount if they were both made at the same time?

  2. Esko Korpi says:

    no vay hose

  3. D' Lynn says:

    The question was asked if Leonardo intentionally planned to do this to create the first stereoscopic 3D image if the two paintings were overlaid.

    How can this be?!!  Who could overlay a painting on panel in the Middle Ages?? Only now is this done easily through photography and digital art.

    Of course, it does stand to reason that the two paintings c/should create a relative 3D effect if done by two artists sitting side by side in the same studio. Under those circumstances, the same would be true of any number of studio portraits, either of Da Vinci or Botticelli, etc… from that time period.

    But, to assume this is intentional seems absurd.  The 3D effect could only be a result of natural course. 

    A very overlooked question is: why is there more than one painting done of her if she is merely a silk merchant's wife, especially in light of the fact that Da Vinci was hired to paint for the mighty Sforza dynasty in the court of Milan for over 17 years? The Prado Mona Lisa strongly suggests, with the colors of her garments, that she was a Sforza, and of high importance. To learn more see:

  4. Sprunkers says:

    They are not really stereoscopic there are visible differences , for example mona lisa on the left has her eyes lower than the one on the right. Only some parts of image create 3d effect. Sucha as the hands.

  5. futurestoryteller says:

    I was able to "magic eye" the Mona Lisas. It just looked like the more famous version, but with the bluer background, to me.

  6. Kamar Shamieh says:

    I believe that Da Vinci could have produced the first stereoscopic image. Well, he is a genius.

  7. Aaron Harris says:

    Once again. Another ass backward image… Smh. If you can not make one of these videos without being intelligent enough to notice when a stereoscopic image is completely backwards and the background is in the foreground and the foreground (what's in front) is in the background. When you do this not noticing shit it only ends up showing a bunch of stupid ass backward images and also a way of rating the intelligence of the one who posted it in the first place, too dumb in the end to notice anything but "oh wow i can finally look at these images correctly and i see that it's in some way 3D so I'll just be dumb and not notice that its ass backwards ruining the effect and wasting peoples time"

  8. jim prucey says:

    Vie the Mona Lisa in 3d in VR

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