How do I use this site?


There are two primary ways to navigate this website, either through the googlemap or the alphabetical site list on the home page. Both are clickable resources, which allow you to access pages dedicated to Romanesque monuments and sites across Northern Spain. Some sites, Carrión de los Condes for example, have more than one monument. In this case you will be directed from the home page to a site page, which will then allow you to explore each monument individually. 


Throughout the course of this project some sites have been better documented than others or just have more digitally-explorable sculpture. These have been marked with an asterisk on the home page site list. 


Each site page has a gigapan(s), three-dimensional model(s), or both. Gigapans are ultra-high resolution images created by stitching together many photographs (sometimes hundreds). These allow you to zoom in to view small details while maintaining an understanding of their position within a larger whole. The gigapans on this site can be viewed within the site pages or (by clicking on the full screen icon on the left-hand menu) in a separate full screen view. You can either zoom by using the toggle on the left-hand menu or your mouse wheel. The 3D models can also be explored within the site pages. First click the blue play button (keep in mind you may have to be patient while the models load). Click and hold to rotate the model, shift + click to pan, and zoom using your mouse wheel. 




What is a gigapan?

Gigapans, 2D media, are ultra-high resolution images that allow a viewer to achieve a sense of a full space, navigate to points of interest, and then zoom in to see extreme detail. Gigapans are created using photographs, sometimes hundreds, taken with a long lens camera on a motorized pan-tilt platform. The photographs are then stitched together by computer into what is essentially a very high resolution picture (tens to hundreds of millions of pixels), which can be explored by a viewer through a web interface. When captured over the full hemisphere, these are known as high-resolution spherical panoramas. 


What is a 3D model?

Three dimensional models are currently being created through many new techniques, including scanning by laser rangefinders or structured light devices, and image-based structure from motion modeling, the technique used to make the models on this site. 


How were these made?

The gigapans were created using a motorized pan tilt platform and then assembled using the program Gigapan Stitch. The 3D models were created using the program 123D Catch. They are embedded into this site through Sketchfab. The photographs for both were taken on a Canon EOS 5D mark iii camera with either a 24-105mm or 300mm lens. 


How was this project funded?

The imaging on this site is thanks in part to the University of Pennsylvania Digital Humanities Forum and Price Lab for the Digital Humanities, which provided funding through a Project Incubation grant. Thanks are also due to the University of Pennsylvania History of Art Department and the Penfield Endowment. The project has also received the Delaware Valley Medieval Association's first Digital Project Prize.  



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