Canon Captures 4.2-Gigapixel Picture of Priceless Japanese Paintings


The Tsuzuri Project

The Japanese Cultural Heritage Inheritance Undertaking partnered with Canon to make a visually an identical copy of an historical and priceless piece of Japanese artwork by combining a 4.2-gigapixel photograph with the talents of artisans who observe historical strategies.

The Tsuzuri Undertaking

The Japanese Cultural Heritage Inheritance Undertaking, often known as the Tsuzuri Undertaking, is a joint effort by Canon and the Kyoto Tradition Affiliation (NPO) which got here collectively to create and donate a high-resolution facsimile of “The Wind and Thunder Gods” by Tawaraya Sotatsu. Initially created within the Japanese Edo interval (the 18th century), the artwork piece is taken into account a definitive work of Japanese tradition because the crowning achievement of the artist and is at the moment housed on the Kyoto Nationwide Museum.

“By means of the efforts of the Tsuzuri Undertaking, unique works might be preserved in additional ultimate environments whereas their high-resolution facsimiles might be extensively used for public show, permitting extra folks the chance to expertise the works in individual,” Canon says.

The primary replica of the work, produced throughout Stage 4 of the Tsuzuri Undertaking, was created in 2011 and has been on show within the Kenniji Temple since. Now in Stage 14, the Tsuzuri Undertaking is benefiting from developments in imaging expertise to create a good increased decision facsimile of the work that’s much more correct than the unique.

To take action, the unique work was first photographed with a Canon EOS R5 in levels after which mixed to create a completed file that was about 4.2-gigapixels in dimension.

With the Purpose to Carefully Recreate the Unique

That is very giant however is way from the very best decision photograph of artwork that has been made. That was not too long ago achieved by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which printed an interactive photograph of Rembrandt’s Night time Watch earlier this month to the tune of 717-gigapixels. The place The Tsuzuri Undertaking differs is in its aim to create a reproduction of the unique work that will be arduous to differentiate from the unique, and the eye paid to each the unique photograph scan recreating the overlaid gold leaf is exclusive to this mission. The objectives of every mission are additionally fairly totally different.

The Tsuzuri Project

On this case, after the high-resolution picture was captured, it was printed on a Canon 12-ink printer onto silk paper, which is generally a problematic course of. As a way to replicate the precise look of the portray, artisans — genuine Nishijin craftsmen, or “leaf” artists — fastidiously correctly sized and utilized gold leaf to the print and formed it to mirror the unique. Lastly, the art work was mounted by a separate set of grasp craftsmen on an genuine Japanese sliding door.

The paired screens of “The Wind and Thunder Gods” recreate the tonal variations, brushstrokes, and texture of the unique cultural property as faithfully as doable. Canon’s state-of-the-art applied sciences, similar to picture seize applied sciences utilized to create 4.2 billion pixels of super-high decision information, picture processing expertise, and printing expertise and conventional Japanese artisans’ expertise have been mixed to create unprecedented high-resolution facsimiles.

Canon says that due to its technical experience in imaging, processing, and output with the grasp craftsmanship of conventional Kyoto artisans, the unique work has been recreated right down to the best particulars, together with darkish clouds of ink towards a background of gold paper, the advantageous grains of the pigment, and delicate brushstrokes.

“Due to improved accuracy of the mission’s independently developed color-matching system, high-precision shade matching might be accomplished in a short while, serving to to cut back put on on the unique work and making doable the manufacturing of extra devoted high-resolution facsimiles,” the corporate says.

The high-resolution copy was donated to the Kenniji Temple and is out there for public viewing, which helps proceed to unfold training into Japan’s artwork historical past with out placing the unique piece of artwork at risk, an inhernant danger that comes with displaying art work in public.


Picture credit: Photographs offered courtesy of Canon. Header picture, “The Wind and Thunder Gods” photograph by the Tsuzuri Undertaking. Unique art work by Tawaraya Sotatsu.

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