Scanning Mona Lisa

December 2006
Science & Children;Dec2006, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p10
Academic Journal
The article reports on the three-dimensional scientific scanning of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, performed by several scientists from Canada's National Research Council. The examination, where scientists performed their work using a three-dimensional laser scanner capable of scanning images at a depth resolution of 10 micrometers or about one-tenth the diameter of a human hair, was completed in 16 hours in a basement photo studio at the Louvre in Paris. The main purpose of the research is to shed some light on the painting's composition, style and state of conservation.


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