Chromatic perception of non-invasive lighting of cave paintings



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Zoido Chamorro, Jesús Manuel and Vázquez Moliní, Daniel and Álvarez Fernández-Balbuena, Antonio and Bernabeu Martínez, Eusebio and García Botella, Ángel and Herráenz Ferreiro, Juan Antonio and Egido Rodríguez, Marian, del (2009) Chromatic perception of non-invasive lighting of cave paintings. Proceedings of SPIE, 7429 . ISSN 0277-786X

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This work is intended to deal with the problems which arise when illuminanting Paleolithic cave paintings. We have carried out the spectral and colorimetric characterization of some paintings located in the Murcielagos (bats) cave (Zuheros, Córdoba, Spain). From this characterization, the chromatic changes produced under different lighting conditions are analysed. The damage function is also computed for the different illuminants used. From the results obtained, it is proposed an illuminant whose spectral distribution diminishes the damage by minimizing the absorption of radiation and optimises the color perception of the paintings in this cave. The procedure followed in this study can be applied to optimise the lighting systems used when illuminating any other art work.

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Proc. SPIE 7429, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XII, 742907
Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2009, San Diego, California, United States
Copyright 2009 Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Lighting rock art, Color in the art, Applied Colorimetry, Lighting cultural heritage
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
Humanities > History > Prehistory
Humanities > Fine Arts > Conservation and restoration
ID Code:46262
Deposited On:05 Feb 2018 08:28
Last Modified:05 Feb 2018 08:47

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