Closer to Van Eyck - an Artwork in Digital Image Processing

Frederik Temmermans, Bruno Cornelis, Iris Vanhamel, Gabor Fodor, Ann Dooms

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The website "Closer to Van Eyck - Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece" presents the Ghent Altarpiece (1432) in visual light macrophotography, infrared macrophotography, infrared reflectography and X?radiography. Additionally, multiple extreme close-ups of selected details are available in two modalities (visual macrophotography and infrared macrophotography). In total, the website contains more than 100 billion pixels of image data. Processing and presenting such a huge amount of image data poses significant challenges. For this project, the department of electronics and informatics of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB-ETRO) was responsible for preprocessing the images. VUB spinoff Universum Digitalis (UD) developed the web application that opens the data to the public.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationDSP Valley Newsletter
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • Ghent Altarpiece
  • image processing
  • stitching
  • website


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