Studying Illumination and Cultural Heritage

  • J. HappaEmail author
  • A. Artusi
Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)


Computer graphics tools and techniques enable researchers to investigate cultural heritage and archaeological sites. They can facilitate documentation of real-world sites for further investigation, and enable archaeologists and historians to accurately study a past environment through simulations. This chapter explores how light plays a major role in examining computer-based representations of heritage. We discuss how light is both documented and modelled today using computer graphics techniques and tools. We also identify why both physical and historical accuracy in modelling light is becoming increasingly important to study the past, and how emerging technologies such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging and physically-based rendering is necessary to accurately represent heritage.


Light Illumination Rendering High Dynamic Range Imaging Cultural Heritage 



Our thanks go to the Byzantine Art Gallery for providing permission for us to visit Panagia Angeloktisti, to the caretakers of the church and Andreas Foulias for his help on information regarding the church. Our thanks also go to the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and Dr. Elizabeth Bolman for permission to visit the Red Monastery and organising the stay at the monastery. One of the images collected was Fig. 2.3.

Dr. Artusi work has been partially funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739578 and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development. Finally, the authors would also like to thank Prof. Alan Chalmers for supervising Jassim Happa during his PhD, coordinating visits to Panagia Angeloktisi, and for partly funding the visits to the site.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Security Group, Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.DeepCamera MRG GroupRISE LtdNicosiaCyprus

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