During the autumn of 2004, a team of 3D imaging scientists from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) was
invited to Paris to undertake the 3D scanning of Leonardo's most famous painting. The objective of this project was to
scan the Mona Lisa, obverse and reverse, in order to provide high-resolution 3D image data of the complete painting
to help in the study of the structure and technique used by Leonardo. Unlike any other painting scanned to date, the
Mona Lisa presented a unique research and development challenge for 3D imaging. This paper describes this challenge
and presents results of the modeling and analysis of the 3D and color data.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has developed a range of 3D imaging technology tools, which have been applied to a wide range of museum and heritage recording applications. The technology suite includes the development of high-resolution laser scanner systems as well as software for the preparation of accurate 3D models and for the display, analysis and comparison of 3D data. This paper will offer an overview of the technology and its museum and heritage applications with particular reference to the 3D examination of paintings and recording of archaeological sites.
Conference Committee Involvement (1)
O3A: Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology