Pearls and beads in Jan van Eyck’s paintings

Ljiljana Platisa, Bruno Cornelis, Tijana Ruzic, Alexandra Pizurica, Ann Dooms, Maximiliaan Martens, Marc De Mey, Ingrid Daubechies

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Objective characterization of jewels in paintings, especially pearls, has been a long lasting challenge for art historians. The way an artist painted pearls reflects his ability to observing nature and his knowledge of contemporary optical theory. Moreover, the painterly execution may also be considered as an individual characteristic useful in distinguishing hands. In this work, we propose a set of image analysis techniques to analyze and measure spatial characteristics of the digital images of pearls, all relying on the so called spatiogram image representation. Our experimental results demonstrate good correlation between the new metrics and the visually observed image features.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVision and Material - Interaction between Art and Science in Jan van Eyck’s Time, (24-26 November 2010), (VLAC), Brussels (Belgium)
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2010
EventUnknown -
Duration: 26 Nov 2010 → …


Period26/11/10 → …


  • Ghent Altarpiece
  • spatiograms,
  • content similarity


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