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Eight Square Dante Gabriel Rossetti Prints, Base Game

by Sophie-David Posted 12th Aug 2007 at 7:52 PM - Updated 20th May 2009 at 8:34 PM by Sophie-David : Repaired the broken image links
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

Title

Eight Square Dante Gabriel Rossetti Prints, Base Game


Description

Strangely enough, the base game includes seven different framed paintings that are square in shape. I find this is strange because in "real life" perfectly square paintings and photographs are actually fairly rare. I have posted eight of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's artworks in three square formats, as follows:

rossetti_bella2.zip - Bella Squared, §1000, Environment 7

rossetti_fruit.zip - The Meaning of Fruit, §1500, Environment 10

rossetti_arghist.zip - The Arghist Soldier, §2000, Environment 10

rossetti_square_grey.zip - The Arghist Soldier and Two Frames in Greyscale

rossetti_belcolore_extra.zip - Belcolore in Four Additional Formats - included for experimental purposes


This picture above show the first four works of this collection in Bella Squared format. The first sketch is of "Annie Miller" (1860), one of Rossetti's models, who also modeled for fellow Pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt.

Next, "Belcolore" (1868) recalls Monna Belcolore, a woman of exquisite beauty from Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron.

In third position "Christina and Frances Rossetti", daughter and mother, appear together.

Fourthly, "Christina Rossetti" (1850) is sketch of Rossetti's equally accomplished sister.


These are the same four artworks as "The Meaning of Fruit" recolours. But note the dimensional distortion that is obvious in the second picture, "Belcolore", something I did not see until I studied this in-game screen capture. I explore this issue in further detail below.

This link shows these works in "Arghist Soldier" format.


First in this second group, the gorgeous "Sancta Lilias" (1874), also called "The Blessed Damozel", was modeled by Alexa Wilding.

Next, "Regina Cordium" (1860), meaning the "Queen of Hearts" is a chalk image of Rossetti's wife Elizabeth Siddal, drawn shortly after they were married.

Thirdly, Jane Morris is drawn holding "The Rose Leaf" (1870).

Last in this collection, "La Pia de' Tolomei" (1868) takes its subject from the Lady of Siena in Dante Alighieri's Purgatorio. This oil painting was modeled by Jane Morris at the height of Rossetti's passion for her.


In the picture above, these last four works are shown as "Arghist Soldier" recolours.

This link shows these artworks in "The Meaning of Fruit" format.

As shown here, all these works are also available in greyscale in the "Arghist Soldier" format. In the rossetti_square_grey.zip archive I have also included greyscale picture frames for "Bella Squared" and "The Meaning of Fruit" objects. In the in-game pictures displayed above, I have shown those works that are naturally in greyscale with these particular greyscale frames.

All the base game square formatted pictures are 256 x 256 pixels in size, with the exception of "The Lone Daisy" which is only 128 x 128 pixels. However, as I discovered when I saw the "Belcolore" screen capture as a "Meaning of Fruit" recolour, the game engine does not necessarily display these square images as true squares. Out of curiosity, I converted "Belcolore" to all seven of the base game square pictures, as shown here. From left to right they are "The Lone Daisy", "Red vs. Blue Oil Portrait", "Transcendence", "Bella Squared", "The Meaning of Fruit", "Arghist Soldier", and "Handle and Spout". Note that only "Red vs. Blue" and "Bella Squared" are displayed as true squares. "Arghist Soldier" is fairly close to square, but all the others are noticeably distorted.

I have included these test samples as rossetti_belcolore_extra.zip, in case you may wish to duplicate this experiment. But, with the exception of the "Red vs. Blue" version, I would not recommend using any of these additional recolours in your game because of that very noticeable distortion. Note that "Belcolore" is already included in each of the four main archives.

These images are all in the public domain, and sourced from either The Athenaeum, the Art Renewal Center or the Walker Art Gallery. Each was reduced in size from the originals without dimensional distortion, and with matting used to fill out the aspect ratio where necessary. Where applicable, I used SimPE to set reflectivity to zero so as to maximize clarity. You may include these recolours in any uploaded lots, whether for free or pay - but it would be nice if you included a credit in the description and sent me a PM. I would prefer that you not upload these files elsewhere, if only because such duplication can cause confusion.

Additional Credits:

SimPE 6.0, the most essential tool!
Corel WEB.PhotoPaint, for picture frame manipulation and texturing
Microsoft Photo Editor, for adjusting contrast, brightness and size
Senesi2003's tiny ceiling light is great for the unobtrusive illumination of the in-game pictures
"Bottomful Floors" by either HystericalParoxysm or dwelliford for the ceiling in the greyscale screen capture
Attribute Change 5.30 is very useful for adjusting a file's date and timestamp, used to put the recolours together in consecutive order, with the most recent recolour being the one furthest to the left. Thus the paintings are arranged in alphabetical order within the catalogue popup display from right to left.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
rossetti_arghist.zip

Size: 489.4 KB · Downloads: 796 · 12th Aug 2007
489.4 KB 796 12th Aug 2007
rossetti_belcolore_extra.zip

Size: 155.3 KB · Downloads: 712 · 12th Aug 2007
155.3 KB 712 12th Aug 2007
rossetti_bella2.zip

Size: 265.0 KB · Downloads: 750 · 12th Aug 2007
265.0 KB 750 12th Aug 2007
rossetti_fruit.zip

Size: 265.3 KB · Downloads: 751 · 12th Aug 2007
265.3 KB 751 12th Aug 2007
rossetti_square_grey.zip

Size: 488.3 KB · Downloads: 697 · 12th Aug 2007
488.3 KB 697 12th Aug 2007
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7 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts
Lab Assistant
#2 Old 13th Aug 2007 at 3:25 PM
these are veryyyyyyyy nice...thank you for sharing
Theorist
Original Poster
#3 Old 13th Aug 2007 at 3:45 PM
Thank you Catstale (you have a delightful avatar). It is quite wonderful working with Rossetti's art, and the research too has been fascinating.

Doing three formats for these was a bit tedious, but I just couldn't seem to make up my mind at the time!
Test Subject
#4 Old 13th Aug 2007 at 6:44 PM
Thanks again! I really appreciate your tedious work
Theorist
Original Poster
#5 Old 13th Aug 2007 at 8:53 PM Last edited by Sophie-David : 13th Aug 2007 at 11:49 PM. Reason: A slight clarification
Quote:
Originally Posted by dinki_pinki
Thanks again! I really appreciate your tedious work
You are welcome! I think any kind of creative work involves tedium at times - especially all that practicing for the performing arts!

The way that I look at it, it is very nice to have choices and diversity in the game, and not end up with - for example - 100 recolours all under the "Lady on Red" picture. At this point I have all the commercially distributed EA framed pictures catalogued by aspect ratio, and I have all the Rossetti works that I wish to do mapped to them. There are very fews duds in the Rossetti collection, and he was quite prolific. So I will be using some less common picture formats too, in the interests of both game diversity and the most appropriate aspect ratio. I do not anticipate doing any more Rossetti uploads in the sizes posted here.

I am also aware that many people only have the base game, or perhaps just one or two expansions. So I have also focused on providing base game alternatives, even if that does cause some duplication. Ah me, I do chatter on at times...
Field Researcher
#6 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:25 AM
Excellent! These are beautiful.

luv,
Kat
Test Subject
#7 Old 2nd Nov 2007 at 9:13 PM
Excelent , as always. Thanks
Theorist
Original Poster
#8 Old 3rd Nov 2007 at 1:53 AM
Thank you for the encouragement!