The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands has come up with an innovative and sophisticated way of creating high quality replicas of some of the greatest paintings from its collection.
The museum, in partnership with Fujifilm, has created 3D reproductions of Van Gogh paintings using a technique called Reliefography, a technique that took years to develop. The technique combines 3D scanning of the painting and a high-resolution print. The reproduction, called a Relievo, consists of a high quality reproduction of the front and back of the painting. It even includes the frame. The Relievos look so much like the original paintings that only an expert or a true connoisseur can see the difference.
According to a post on The Guardian, each of the Relievos is numbered and approved by a curator, and marked with an unbreakable seal to ensure that none of them are passed off as originals.
The museum has created reproductions of the works Almond Blossom (1890), Sunflowers (1889), The Harvest (1888), Wheatfield under Thunderclouds (1890) and Boulevard de Clichy (1887). The collection was displayed at Gallery by the Harbour in Hong Kong from July to early this month.
Using the 3D reproduction technique is one way for the museum to generate funds that will go to renovations and the continuous upkeep of the facility and its collection. The 3D replicas are also meant for educational purposes since they will make the art works more accessible and available to more people, especially in schools. The replicas will also allow people to study the paintings up close and even touch them, which benefits the visually-impaired.