Assessment of real aging in selection process of replacement materials for stone monuments conservation.

Nicolas Concha Lozano, Dominique Lafon, Olivier Eterradossi, Pierre Gaudon


Reconstruction of monuments often raises the question of stones replacement. It must be aesthetically durable, which means the stone must age like the original one. This study presents an image processing chain, from capture to visualisation, to compare stones at different states of aging: recently extracted from quarry, weathered on old buildings, and cleaned on monuments recently restored. This tool includes: (1) a digital still camera calibration, (2) a chromatic adaptation transform and (3) a resizing process. To test it, a case study was conducted to assess the compatibility of three types of limestone. This graphical tool helps the selection of replacement materials by visual comparison between several possible stones in order to select them by aging properties and visual resemblance.


Compatibility; Stone; Calibration; Colour; Cultural heritage

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Color Research & Application  vol: 38  issue: 5  first page: 356  year: 2013  
doi: 10.1002/col.21729

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