NASA Spinoff Database: Artwork Separation

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1983
Reference Number: JPL-SO-78
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: NASA's Manned Spacecraft Program

Under a grant from California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) used image enhancement techniques to separate x-ray images of paintings when one had been painted on top of another. The technique is derived from computer processing of spacecraft-acquired imagery, and will allow earlier paintings, some of which have been covered for centuries, to be evaluated. JPL developed the program for subtracting" the top painting and enhancing the bottom one and believes an even more advanced system is possible."

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Page Number in Published book: 128-129

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