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Title: An automated methodology for assessing the damage on Byzantine icons
Authors: Lanitis, Andreas 
Maronidis, Anastasios
Keywords: Icons, Byzantine;Cultural property;Historic preservation
Category: History and Archaelogy
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Source: Progress in cultural heritage preservation: 4th International conference, EuroMed 2012, Limassol, Cyprus, October 29 – November 3, 2012. Proceedings, 2012, Pages 320-329
Abstract: Byzantine art is overwhelmed by a multitude of icons that portray sacred faces. However, a large number of icons of historical value are either partially or totally damaged and thus in need of undergoing conservation. The detection and assessment of damage in cultural heritage artifacts comprise an integral part of the conservation process. In this paper, a method that can be used for assessing the damage on faces appearing in Byzantine icons is presented. The main approach involves the estimation of the residuals obtained after the coding and reconstruction of face image regions using trained Principal Component Analysis texture models. The extracted residuals can be used as the basis for obtaining information about the amount of damage and the positions of the damaged regions. Due to the specific nature of Byzantine icons several variations of the basic approach are tested through a quantitative experimental evaluation so that the methods most suited to the specific application domain are identified. As part of the experimental evaluation, holistic as well as patch-decomposition techniques have been utilized in order to catch the global and local information of the images, respectively. According to the results it is possible to detect and localize with reasonable accuracy the damaged areas of faces appearing in Byzantine icons
ISBN: 978-3-642-34233-2 (print)
978-3-642-34234-9 (online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-34234-9_32
Rights: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Κεφάλαια βιβλίων/Book chapters

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