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Image Analysis, Aided by Artists

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Purposeful distortions help guide the viewer’s understanding of an image.

Hank Hogan

Artists don’t see objects and scenes the way a camera lens does, and understanding how the best artists work could be useful in computerized image analysis, according to preliminary research by Charles M. Falco, a professor of optical sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. From 1903 to 1905, Claude Monet completed a series of paintings, each approximately 82 × 91 cm, of the Houses of Parliament in London. Here, the skyline in each work of art is compared with the actual skyline as recorded by a camera from the same vantage point. For the most part, the painted skyline follows...Read full article

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