Van Gogh’s bedroom gets digital makeover

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The vibrant lilacs and purples are restored in the visualisation of Van Gogh's bedroom.

The vibrant lilacs and purples are restored in the visualisation of Van Gogh’s bedroom.

Scientists in Chicago have produced a visualisation of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, showing what it would have looked like before its colours faded, reports BBC.
The artist painted three versions of this famous scene, using broadly the same colour scheme.
But time and light degradation have taken their toll on the pigments.
Using a variety of techniques, the researchers have digitally restored the light blue walls and door to their original lilac and purple.
The computer visualisation is part of a major new exhibition at the The Art Institute of Chicago, which brings together all three versions for only the second time since Van Gogh produced them.
‘Science is vital in identifying the pigments that have faded, but then there is a lot of interpretation that we rely on from conservators and art historians who really know the hand of the artist, and know how to dial that virtual knob more or less,’ explained Dr Francesca Casadio, Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist at the Chicago institute.

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