Most of us have only see society’s most important paintings through 2D reproductions. Unfortunately, painting is actually a 3D art that layers color atop color to create an image. So, without being able to see the actual strokes a painter has made, much of the information stored in a painting is lost.
In an attempt to better study and distribute the 3D information that makes up a painting, researchers at TU Delft have begun 3D scanning and printing the works of two Dutch masters, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
The study, which is comprised of scans from three paintings, isn’t meant to produce exact replicas of the works themselves. Rather the research is concerned with understanding how Rembrandt and Van Gogh actually created their pieces.
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