Nov 11, 2016 | By Tess

Close-up of  "Sunset Sky" by Tom Thomson

In exciting news from the art world, 3D art re-creation company Verus Art has just announced that its latest collection of painting re-creations is now available for purchase. The collection, which was made in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada located in Ottawa, features such iconic pieces as Vincent van Gogh’s Iris, Claude Monet’s Agitée, Tom Thomson’s Yellow Sunset, Frederick Varley’s Squally Weather, Georgian Bay, and more.

For those unfamiliar with Verus Art, it is a collaborative initiative which essentially re-creates famous oil paintings using modern technologies like 3D scanning, and a proprietary form of elevated printing technology. The groups behind the innovative project are Vancouver-based Arius Technology, which manages the painting digitization; Netherlands-based Océ, which takes care of the elevated 3D printing; and Atlanta-based Larson-Juhl, which is responsible for framing and logistics.

The idea behind the initiative is to create extremely life-like prints that go way beyond simple 2D posters. That is, the 3D scanned and printed artworks, often based off of very famous paintings, take into account every paint stroke and dot of texture present in the real painting. The 3D scanning process itself, which uses hundreds of millions of data points, can capture detail as small as one tenth the width of a human hair. The results are pretty astonishing.

"Iris" by Vincent van Gogh

The recent collection, which consists of 12 pieces, is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Verus Art and the National Gallery of Canada. Each piece, which is based off of a detailed 3D scan of the original painting, is currently available to the public, though in limited numbers.

“The launch of the National Gallery of Canada Collection reflects a significant technical achievement and a number of years of research by Arius Technology, Larson-Juhl, and Océ,” commented Drew Van Pelt, CEO of Larson-Juhl. “Until now, fine art reproductions were two-dimensional, lacking depth and texture. By accurately reproducing the color and relief of the artist’s brushstrokes, art enthusiasts have a more engaging experience, faithful to the artist’s original intent and vision.”

The painting re-creations, which range in price from $500 to $8,000, will be available for purchase through the National Gallery of Canada’s website as well as through a small number of galleries in Canada and the U.S. Additionally, a percentage of the proceeds from the 3D printed paintings will go towards establishing a Verus Art educational fund, and royalties from each sale will go towards supporting the National Gallery of Canada’s educational programming.

“Jean-Pierre Hoschede and Michel Monet on the Banks of the Epte" by Monet

The data from the detailed 3D scans of the original artworks will also be available and shared with various conservation organizations and for scientific analysis. Stephen Gritt, Director of Conservation and Technical Research at the National Gallery of Canada, said of the collaboration: “To be able to assist in the development of a technology that will change the way we document and reproduce cultural heritage was an interesting opportunity.”

"The scan data is incredibly rich and will lead to new avenues of research within Technical Art History. The resulting prints provide so much more information than flat images- they give you a direct connection to the artist by showing the nature of the brushwork, the texture of the paint, and physical interplay of tints. Most important for us was how we could use the prints for education as part of our Distance Learning Program – that's a new frontier well worth exploring,” he continued.

The high profile collaboration for Verus Art could be a sign that their 3D scanned and printed replicas are the future of art re-creations and possibly even the future of conservation. As in other museal areas, 3D scanning and printing has offered a democratic way to capture, share, and in this case re-create art.



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