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Prototype of a pigments color chart for the digital conservation of ancient murals

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Jinxing Liang, Xiaoxia Wan

Wuhan University, Department of Printing and Packaging, Hongshan District, Wuhan, China

J. Electron. Imaging. 26(2), 023013 (Mar 30, 2017). doi:10.1117/1.JEI.26.2.023013
History: Received November 22, 2016; Accepted March 15, 2017
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Abstract.  Digital imaging has become a very important technique in the conservation of cultural art relics because it can nondestructively acquire the color and spectral image of cultural art relics for different applications. Imaging accuracy is one of the key factors in digital protection of cultural art relics. In order to improve the color and spectral accuracy for digital imaging of cultural art relics, the idea of making the specific color charts for different kinds of artworks is presented. Taking ancient Chinese Dunhuang murals as the specific object of study, a prototype pigments color chart of the Dunhuang murals (DCC), containing a six-step grayscale and 30 colored pigment samples, is made to investigate its pigment types and painting techniques. Under the premise of considering the difference in the number of samples in color charts, the DCC is tested and compared with the classic and widely used standard Macbeth colorchecker (CC) in two aspects: color correction for RGB imaging and spectral reconstruction for spectral imaging. The results show that the prototype pigments color chart is more effective and exhibits superior performance to the CC in both aspects for digital conservation of the Dunhuang murals.

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Jinxing Liang and Xiaoxia Wan
"Prototype of a pigments color chart for the digital conservation of ancient murals", J. Electron. Imaging. 26(2), 023013 (Mar 30, 2017). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.26.2.023013


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