Thursday, April 11, 2002

After examining van Gogh's "White Roses" in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington Roy S. Berns, a color scientist from the Rochester Institute of Technology, discovered that the van Gogh roses are in fact red and pink. Time had simply faded the color. Dr. Berns is working with the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art to develop a digital imaging system that will allow curators and conservators to create digital files that easily capture the fundamental color fingerprints of paintings Ian Austen presents this interesting prospect in In the Gloaming or a Glare, the True Colors of an Artist (subscription needed)

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