Van Eyck Art work restoration and analysis

This project includes interdisciplinary work between image processing specialists, mathematicians and art scholars on virtual restoration and analysis of art work. It is conducted in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences of Ghent University, The Flemish Academic Center for Science and Arts (VLAC) of the Royal Flemish Academy (KVAB) and the Mathematics Department, Duke University, USA. Our case study is the Ghent Altarpiece or the Lam Gods, a polyptych, dated by inscription 1432, painted by Jan and Hubert van Eyck. Topics Virtual restoration of art work Material representation in art work Virtual restoration of art work Our goal is to approximate how the painting looked like before ageing and to aid art historical and palaeographical analysis. In order to achieve this, we developed crack detection and inpainting tools. In particular, we are developing innovative and context-aware patch-based inpainting methods to achieve correct and visually pleasing crack filling result.