"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Barack Obama

This 2014 selective laser sintering in nylon from a 3-D scan of Barack Obama is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Before the development of photography in the early nineteenth century, artists created life masks to capture an accurate likeness of a person. Life and death masks also helped memorialize individuals. Phrenology, the pseudoscience of reading character through facial features and the shape of the head, also fueled interest in life and death masks in the nineteenth century.

In 2014 President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to have his likeness captured with 3-D imaging and printing technologies. The Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office created this high-resolution 1:1 scale 3-D image by combining a series of digital photographs with data from patterned light scanners. The resulting image captures, with great accuracy, the actual features of the subject, as opposed to a portrait artist's interpretation of those features.

This is one of a number of the Portrait Gallery's likenesses of President Obama. The president's official portrait for the museum's "America's Presidents" installation will be commissioned at a later time." -- National Portrait Gallery

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