3D Copies of Van Gogh’s Paintings
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Fujifilm are collaborating to replicate Van Gogh's masterworks in 3D .
The new method developed by Fujifilm Belgium called Reliefography can reproduce the paintings in detail through a combination of scanning and printing technologies while closely copying the color, size, brightness, and texture of the original masterpiece.
The five replicas in the collection produced in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum, called Relievos, are The Harvest (1888), Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds (1890), Almond Blossom (1890), Sunflowers (1889), and Boulevard de Clichy (1887).
All works of art was scanned in 3D prior to printing in professional high resolution by Fujifilm UV inkjet printers and anti-counterfeiting technologies. Fujifilm and Van Gogh Museum experts assessed and kept an eye on the entire procedure before authorizing the reproductions.
"Due to its restricted size and delicate nature, the Van Gogh Museum collection can only be enjoyed by a limited number of viewers," stated on the official website.
"By means of the Relievos, availability and accessibility of the works of art can be enhanced, which gives the museum the opportunity to realize its mission to inspire and enrich as large an audience as possible. Besides, viewers will now be able to come up close to a Van Gogh painting, even touching it. This opens up different perspectives, among them the use of the reproductions for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired," it added.
Furthermore, the copies are also being sold to the public so that the museum can make money to revamp one of its section.
Relievos is now on display at Gallery by the Harbour in Hong Kong until August 4, 2013.