Segmentation of Multi-temporal UV-Induced Fluorescence Images of Historical Violins

  • Piercarlo DondiEmail author
  • Luca Lombardi
  • Marco Malagodi
  • Maurizio Licchelli
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11808)


Monitoring the state of conservation of a historical violin is a difficult task. Multiple restorations during centuries have created a very complex and stratified surface, hard to correctly interpret. Moreover, the reflectance of the varnishes and the rounded morphology of the violins can easily produce noise, that can be confused for a real alteration. To properly compare multi-temporal images of the same instrument a robust segmentation is needed. To reach this goal we adopted a genetic algorithm to evolve in this direction our previous segmentation method based on HSV histogram quantization. As test set we used images of two important violins held in “Museo del Violino” in Cremona (Italy), periodically acquired during a six-month period, and images of a sample violin altered in laboratory to reproduce a long-term evolution.


Segmentation Genetic algorithm UV induced fluorescence Cultural Heritage Historical violins 



We would like to thank “Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari”, “Friends of Stradivari” and “Cultural District of Violin Making of Cremona” for their collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CISRiC - Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive DiagnosticsUniversity of PaviaCremonaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Musicology and Cultural HeritageUniversity of PaviaCremonaItaly
  5. 5.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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