Spectral imaging systems for capturing museum artwork have not moved beyond the research laboratory. System components and their selection criteria necessary to assemble a complete system are explored in this paper categorically. The final system is practical if it meets the criteria of speed cost and accuracy necessary to act as a direct replacement for the traditional RGB based digital imaging systems in museum photo studios. It is hoped that the advantages of spectral imaging will be widely recognized and adopted once a practical system is available.

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"Practical spectral capture systems for museum imaging," Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the International Colour Association. Held in Granada, Spain: 8-13 May 2005. This work is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Department, Program, or Center

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


RIT – Main Campus