Surface shape studies of the art of Paul Gauguin

Oliver Cossairt, Xiang Huang, Nathan Matsuda, Harriet Stratis, Mary Broadway, Jack Tumblin, Greg Bearman, Eric Doehne, Aggelos Katsaggelos, Marc Walton

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Abstract

Starting in the 1890s the artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) created a series of prints and transfer drawings using techniques that are not entirely understood. To better understand the artist's production methods, photometric stereo was used to assess the surface shape of a number of these graphic works that are now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Photometric stereo uses multiple images of Gauguin's graphic works captured from a fixed camera position, lit from multiple specific angles to create an interactive composite image that reveals textural characteristics. These active images reveal details of sequential media application upon experimental printing matrices that help resolve longstanding art historical questions about the evolution of Gauguin's printing techniques. Our study promotes the use of photometric stereo to capitalize on the increasing popularity of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) among conservators in the world's leading museums.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Digital Heritage 2015
EditorsJuan Carlos Torres, Gabriele Guidi, Juan Barcelo, Luciana Duranti, Holger Graf, Pere Brunet, Susan Hazan, Roberto Scopigno, Fabio Remondino
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages13-20
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000487
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event2nd Digital Heritage International Congress: Analysis and Interpretation - Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards - Digital Heritage Projects and Applications, Digital Heritage 2015 - Granada, Spain
Duration: Sep 28 2015Oct 2 2015

Publication series

Name2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Digital Heritage 2015

Other

Other2nd Digital Heritage International Congress: Analysis and Interpretation - Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards - Digital Heritage Projects and Applications, Digital Heritage 2015
CountrySpain
CityGranada
Period9/28/1510/2/15

Keywords

  • Gauguin
  • photometric stereo
  • printmaking techniques
  • quantitative surface shape measurement
  • reflectance transformation imaging
  • transfer drawings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies

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    Cossairt, O., Huang, X., Matsuda, N., Stratis, H., Broadway, M., Tumblin, J., Bearman, G., Doehne, E., Katsaggelos, A., & Walton, M. (2015). Surface shape studies of the art of Paul Gauguin. In J. C. Torres, G. Guidi, J. Barcelo, L. Duranti, H. Graf, P. Brunet, S. Hazan, R. Scopigno, & F. Remondino (Eds.), 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Digital Heritage 2015 (pp. 13-20). [7419447] (2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Digital Heritage 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419447