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3D imaging from theory to practice: the Mona Lisa story
Author(s): Francois Blais; Luc Cournoyer; J.-Angelo Beraldin; Michel Picard
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Paper Abstract

The warped poplar panel and the technique developed by Leonardo to paint the Mona Lisa present a unique research and engineering challenge for the design of a complete optical 3D imaging system. This paper discusses the solution developed to precisely measure in 3D the world's most famous painting despite its highly contrasted paint surface and reflective varnish. The discussion focuses on the opto-mechanical design and the complete portable 3D imaging system used for this unique occasion. The challenges associated with obtaining 3D color images at a resolution of 0.05 mm and a depth precision of 0.01 mm are illustrated by exploring the virtual 3D model of the Mona Lisa.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7060, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX, 70600L (29 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795456
Show Author Affiliations
Francois Blais, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Luc Cournoyer, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
J.-Angelo Beraldin, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Michel Picard, National Research Council Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7060:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX
Pantazis Z Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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