VASARI Multispectral Imaging System at the National Gallery

IIPImage has a long history and can trace its roots back to the mid 1990’s. Although the software has been completely rewritten since then, the first version of the system was originally devised by the National Gallery in London and the University of Southampton for the Viseum (1996) and Acohir (1999) EU projects.

The aim of these projects was to create a system for viewing very high resolution colorimetric museum images over the internet. In particular for CIEL*a*b* images produced by the VASARI multispectral imaging system at the National Gallery. Later work extended the system to handle full multispectral images and 3D object sequences.


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