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VUB-ETRO spinoff Universum Digitalis documents the restauration Jan Van Eyck’s Virgin of Chancellor Rolin for the Louvre
 
 

After the conservation and restoration project for Jan Van Eyck’s masterpiece, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage documented both sides of the painting with hundreds of macro photography photos. Universum Digitalis then algorithmically assembled those images to produce gigapixel images of the artwork. The painting was previously digitized in 2015 using the same scientific protocol. Universum Digitalis seamlessly aligned both acquisitions, enabling a unique pixel-level comparison before and after restoration.

Comparison of the front and backside before and after restoration.

The restored painting will be exhibited at The Louvre Museum during the exhibition “Revoir Van Eyck – La Vierge du chancelier Rolin” from March 20th to June 17th, 2024. In parallel with the exhibition’s opening, the gigapixel images produced by Universum Digitalis will be made publicly accessible on the Closer to Van Eyck website.

https://www.louvre.fr/en/what-s-on/exhibitions/a-new-look-at-jan-van-eyck

https://closertovaneyck.be

 
 
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