A new (possible) way to restore paintings?

This is Tim Zaman, he is a Dutch researcher who developed a method to 3D print the painting and make an accurate reproduction of the painting. In the video, they were scanning Rembrandt paintings, through the scans they discovered the layers underneath, and the way he painted. It was almost like an algorithm that developed. It was simply amazing watching this video, to see the painting ‘naked’. Just a raw piece of art being preserved for the future. Not only is this preserving the painting, it is also discovering the way Rembrandt paint. Every stroke on the painting was detailedly scanned, and the rendering image looks almost like another art piece on its own. I would love to see a set of art built with only these renderings.


This is a new way of art preservation. By building a database of these artworks, it will be much easier for museums to restore the paintings with precision. Of course we can try to prevent accidents from happening, but there are certain times when we cannot control life events. When it is not within our control to change the incidents, like war, or natural hazards, the only way to go is to build a data base and hope that day won’t come. But if it does, we will know what to do.

I have previously talked about rebuilding the monuments in Syria, and this is a much similar process. Except it is restoring a 2D painting as a 3D object.  I had also discussed in my previous post whether technology can degrade the value of art, and this would be a good example of how art restoration should be an exception.  We would not want another case like  Cecilia Giménez, which was a well intentioned tragedy. Maybe if this lady was introduce to this technology, the outcome would have been varsely different. No one would laugh at this questionable, almost trolling image on the internet anymore.


You’d really think it’s just an internet meme, right?





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