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Pigment identification based on spectral reflectance reconstructed from RGB images for cultural heritage investigations
Author(s): Jay Arre Toque; Yusuke Murayama; Ari Ide-Ektessabi
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Paper Abstract

Common analysis techniques for artworks, such as X-ray based techniques, usually employ high-energy radiation sources. It also oftentimes requires the removal of material from the sample making the analysis relatively destructive. This is unacceptable for samples with high cultural value. Therefore, there is a need to develop alternative nondestructive and noninvasive analysis methods. This paper presents an approach for pigment estimation of Japanese paintings. Reflectance spectra were reconstructed from the RGB values of digital images with the help of multiple linear regression analysis. A reference database with the measured reflectance spectra of the most common pigments used in Japanese artworks was developed and used for identification by comparison and matching. Results have shown that estimation can be successfully performed with only 2% error. The estimation results show some promise that the system could become a powerful tool for the analysis of cultural heritage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7531, Computer Vision and Image Analysis of Art, 75310K (16 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840001
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Jay Arre Toque, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Yusuke Murayama, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Ari Ide-Ektessabi, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7531:
Computer Vision and Image Analysis of Art
David G. Stork; Jim Coddington; Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Editor(s)

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