Technology mimics the brushstrokes of masters

October 24, 2013

A detail of a copy of van Gogh’s painting ‘‘The Harvest,’’ of a landscape near Arles, France, made with a 3-D printer (credit: Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam)

New technology in 3-D printing has reached the art world. The race is on to produce high-quality 3-D reproductions of masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh, The New York Times reports.

This year the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam teamed up with Fujifilm in Japan to produce the first fully color-corrected three-dimensional copies of some of van Gogh’s most famous works, including his 1889 “Sunflowers” and 1890 “Almond Blossom.” And researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have unveiled 3-D reproductions of Rembrandt’s famous 1667 “Jewish Bride.”

The reproductions mimic not just the color, but also the thickness of the paint and the brushwork, and, in the case of the Fujifilm reproductions, include both the front and the back of the painting, as well as the frame. [...]