Smart-phone-assisted digital rejuvenation of medieval paintings

Overview

Liuyi Zhu (Computer Science, Math), Gilad Amitai (Masters, Statistics), Raphael Kim (Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering), and Andreas Badea (East Chapel Hill High School) spent ten weeks streamlining and automating the process of electronically rejuvenating medieval artwork. They used a 14th-century altarpiece by Francescussio Ghissi as a working example.

Project Results: The team built a prototype app which transforms the original image, using a combination of techniques including color segmentation, crack detection and inpainting, color mapping, punchmark detection, and gilding, They have distributed the app to conservators at the North Carolina Museum of Art for initial testing.

This project is inspired by the experience of the Duke Bass Connections team that developed the virtual rejuvenation of the Ghissi altarpiece, which went on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Sponsored by Bass Connections

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Faculty Lead: Ingrid Daubechies

Project Managers: Robert Ravier, Bruno Cornelis

 

Contact

Paul Bendich , Mathematics
bendich@math.duke.edu

Topics

Data+
Digital Humanities
Social Sciences