The Art and Science of Depiction -- Frédo Durand

What is a picture?

Tuesday, February 20. 2001


Introduces the global context of pictures, and the elements of the chain that lead from reality to a picture. Discusses the double nature of images, as 2D objects and depiction of a 3D reality.

Slides of the lecture

PDF (1 per page)

PDF (6 per page)

PDF (6 per page, black and white with white background, better for printing)

Assignments for Monday 26

Read the Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
excerpt from The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and other clinical tales, Oliver Sacks, Touchstone.

Read The Colorblind Painter
excerpt from An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks, Vintage.
I will scan the color illustrations later this week.

1 page summary
briefly summarize the two readings, 1 page (that is 1/2 page per reading), 12 point double space

Continue reading Art and Illusion (friendly advice)

Piranmesi tutorial 1, 2 and 3 (skip 2.4)
Piranesi demo for PC
Either send me a jpeg file of the resulting image or post-it on a web site and e-mail me address. the best is to make a screen-copy using the "print Screen" key and pasting the result in photoshop. Write a little comment on the software, pros and cons (Do not hesitate to complain).

Send 5 lines (by e-mail) explaining the most important thing you've learnt in class this week, or the thing you do not agree about or the subject you would have liked to seedeveloped in more details.

Illustrative image
Bring or send as jpeg an image illustrating one of the issues covered during the lectures (Tuesday or Wednesday), e.g. 2D/3D.

Discussion issue
Send me one or two issues or reaction about this week's readings.