Conservation and Digitization

Digital Methods Help Replicate Artworks

To keep cultural artifacts from fading from view and collective memory, a blend of art reproduction and digital technology is being used to produce precise replicas of original works. But the process is more than just snapping a digital photo of a painting and shooting the resulting file out of a desktop printer.

The Kyoto Digital Archive project in Japan has recently reproduced large-scale art from three temples by this process. The results — and the methods — are on view until Monday afternoon in an exhibit called “Releasing the Spirit of Kyoto” at the Artexpo fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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