Most cultural heritage institutions are currently photographing their works of art to create images that are used to produce books, catalogues, and on-line publications, to populate on-line databases, but also to support research, teaching, and conservation. A range of technology and a variety of workflows are being used to create these images. A similar variety can be found among the workflows used to publish these images, either in print or online. The purpose of our current research project is to evaluate current practices in fine art image reproduction, determine the image quality generally achievable today, and establish a suggested framework for art image interchange.

The final report from the Benchmarking Art Image Interchange Cycles project can be downloaded here (32.3 MB).

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