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Color holography: a new technique for reproduction of paintings
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Paper Abstract

Until recently, display holography was usually associate with 3D imaging. After the appearance of color holography it has become possible, however, to record holographic images of 2D objects, such as, for example, oil paintings. The realistic-looking virtual image recorded in a Denisyuk reflection hologram is the most suitable for such reproductions. A holographic contact recording of a painting reproduces the painting with all its texture details preserved, such as brush strokes, the painter's signature, etc. This means that an exact copy of the painting can be made, which can then be displayed at art exhibitions, museums, etc., when the original is not available. If an expensive painting is concerned, possessing an exact copy of the painting may also be important for insurance purposes, in case the painting is stolen or damaged. The advantage of a color contact hologram is that the hologram reconstruction process can be relaxed, as there is no need of spatial coherence of the white light source used to illuminate the hologram. In addition, no depth distortions are introduced as a function of the light source's distance from the plate. Only the angel of illumination is of primary importance if good color reproduction is to be obtained. The paper discusses the rendition of color in hologram, which is extremely important in this case. The holographic reproduction process of an oil painting is also described, and the major advantages of holographic reproduction are discussed together with its limitations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4659, Practical Holography XVI and Holographic Materials VIII, (3 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469251
Show Author Affiliations
Hans I. Bjelkhagen, De Montfort Univ. (United Kingdom)
Dalibor Vukicevic, Univ. Louis Pasteur (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4659:
Practical Holography XVI and Holographic Materials VIII
Sylvia H. Stevenson; Stephen A. Benton; T. John Trout; Sylvia H. Stevenson; T. John Trout, Editor(s)

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