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Artist Uses String To Recreate Renaissance Painting

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Greek artist Petros Vrellis has created a series of intricate portraits inspired by the artworks of the renowned Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco. Instead of using a brush, paint, and canvas, he uses a long string and an aluminum circular loom to portray his subjects.

Having two Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Art and Sciences, Petros combines his technological knowledge with arts to bring his artworks to a different level through digital art and interactive installations.

In his time-lapse video entitled “A new way to knit”, he links a thread back and forth inside an aluminum rim with 200 anchor pegs on its circumference. The portrait of Jesus Christ slowly emerges. It is inspired by El Greco’s famous painting, Christ Blessing ('The Saviour of the World').

According to Vrellis’s website, a single thread for this artwork is 1.2 miles long and takes around 3,000 to 4,000 times of knitting from one anchor peg to another to create a single portrait. The knitting is done through a step-by-step computer generated pattern.

A new way to knit from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo

source: Petros VrellisNational Galleries ScotlandEl Greco Foundation