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Antonio Canova (1757-1822) - The Three Graces, Woburn Abbey version (1814-1817) front close up, Victoria and Albert Museum, August 2013 (Pygmalion effect with manually coloured drapery)

Antonio Canova (1757-1822) - The Three Graces, Woburn Abbey version (1814-1817) front close up, Victoria and Albert Museum, August 2013 (Pygmalion effect with manually coloured drapery)

Based on the previous image. For a while now I've been experimenting with feeding photos of marble statues through online colorization sites. The software misinterprets the marble as flesh and colours it accordingly, effectively bringing the statues to life, or at least giving them a polychrome look.

The process involves turning the raw colorized image into a wash and superimposing it over the original. In this instance I've gone further by repainting part of the wash digitally, in order to "dye" the drapery that the figures are holding. The effect could also be applied to the figures' hair, lips, finger- and toenails, and eyes, as well as the pedestal and column.

But that will have to wait for now because it's incredibly time-consuming and hard to stay within the lines...

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Photo taken on 7 February 2020 (© ketrin1407 / Flickr)

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