High Resolution Digital Imaging of Paintings: The Vasari Project.
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VASARI: Visual Art System for Archiving and Retrieval of Images, is a project funded by the European Community ESPRIT II scheme. It aims to show that high resolution colorimetric imaging directly from paintings is feasible. One aim is to replace photography as a recording system, so the images have to compete with transparencies. Such a system can be used to create more accurate permanent records for research, conservation, teaching, printing etc. The images are taken at a resolution of 10 to 20 pels per millimetre of painting so the imaging system has to have scalable resolution. This is achieved moving the camera and mosaicing as many frames of a high resolution camera as necessary. Seven bands of the spectrum are used to provide accurate colour measurement. This presentation will give an overview of the whole project: hardware, software and theory. It thus represents the work of the VASARI consortium: Birkbeck College (UK), The National Gallery (UK), Brameur Ltd (UK), Telecom Paris, Thomson-CSF LER (France), The Dörner Institute (Munich), TÜV (Munich), LRMF (Paris), SIDAC (Italy).
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