The state-of-the-art of photography in 1851 imposes limits on our ability to understand and appreciate the lighting in the Crystal Palace. Radiance software, running on Supercomputers enables us to render images and animations of the building's lighting as it existed in 1851. The test images shown in Fig. 1 and 2 were rendered on a SGI Power Onyx at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Additional images and animations will be rendered on a 64-Processor SUN HPC 10000 Supercomputer at SDSC. The test image in Fig. 3 was rendered on a SUN workstation at IATH.
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