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Revealing pentimenti: the hidden history in a painting
Author(s): Amy A. Gooch
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Paper Abstract

Art conservators often explore X-ray images of paintings to help find pentimenti, the artist's revisions hidden beneath the painting's visible first surfaces. X-ray interpretation is difficult due to artifacts in the image, superimposed features from all paint layers, and because image intensity depends on both the paint layer thickness and each pigment's opacity. We present a robust user-guided method to suppress clutter, find visually significant differences between X-ray images and color photographs, and visualize them together. These tools allow domain experts as well as museum visitors to explore the artist's creative decisions that led to a masterpiece.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6492, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XII, 64920Y (16 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720861
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Amy A. Gooch, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6492:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XII
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas; Scott J. Daly, Editor(s)

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