Decision Tree Based Approach to Craquelure Identification in Old Paintings

  • Joanna Gancarczyk
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 184)


In this paper an attempt has been made to develop a decision tree classification based algorithm for craquelure identification in old paintings. Craquelure can be an important element in judging authenticity, artist’s workshop as well as for monitoring the environmental influence on the condition of the painting. Systematic observation of craquelure will help to build a better platform for conservators to identify cause of damage, thus a proper tool for precise detection of the pattern is needed. However, the complex nature of the craquelure is a reason why an automatic detection algorithm is not always possible to implement. The result presented in this work is an extension of known semi-automatic technique based on a region growing algorithm. The novel approach is to apply a decision tree based pixel segmentation method to indicate the start points of craquelure pattern. This, in particular applications may improve significantly the overall effectiveness of the algorithm.


Decision Tree Feature Vector Crack Pattern Paint Layer Brush Stroke 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Bielsko-BialaBielsko-BialaPoland

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