A Transformative Process

Our inhouse scanning team ensures that every image is picture perfect   

 

Dave Nicol, Digital image technician at Bridgeman Images
Dave Nicol, Digital image technician at Bridgeman Images

 

 
Digital image technician Dave Nicol has been with Bridgeman Images for over 10 years and oversees the scanning department. At Bridgeman we are in a unique position of holding transparencies as well as high resolution files and thus able to go back to the original photography. 
 
Two ICG colour drum scanners quickly produce the highest quality scans of all types of transparencies and on a daily basis Dave will be recreating images into digital files, taking great care to ensure they are as close as possible to the original.
 
Retouching images is an ongoing project as museums have their paintings restored.  See examples of before and after the restoration/retouching process.
 
Details are also available upon request as well as colouration for some black and white images. 

 

 

Before

The tooth puller, the bagpipe player and the wood collectors, detail of the central panel of The Haywain Triptych, c.1515 by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) / Prado, Madrid
The tooth puller, the bagpipe player and the wood collectors, detail of the central panel of The Haywain Triptych, c.1515 by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) / Prado, Madrid

 

After

The same Bosch painting retouched
The same Bosch painting retouched

 

Before

Daphnis and Chloe, 1824-25 by Baron François-Pascal-Simon Gérard (1770-1837) / Louvre, Paris, France / Giraudon
Daphnis and Chloe, 1824-25 by Baron François-Pascal-Simon Gérard (1770-1837) / Louvre, Paris, France / Giraudon

 

After

Daphnis and Chloe retouched
Daphnis and Chloe retouched

 

 

 

Quality Control: Working with Artist's Estates

The scanning team has built up reciprocal relationships with key artists’ estates, including those of Picasso and Matisse.

This enables expert quality advice on inaccessible artworks during tight deadlines. Visits to exhibitions with image proofs in hand also help the team compare digital files directly with the original works of art.
 

 

 

Nude with Palms, 1936 by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) / The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA / © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/DACS, London / Bridgeman Images
Nude with Palms, 1936 by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) / The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA / © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/DACS, London / Bridgeman Images

 

Images in Action: Coloration of images available on request

 

Lady Hamilton's Attitudes, c.1790 (etching) Thomas Rowlandson,  (1756-1827) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Lady Hamilton's Attitudes, c.1790 (etching) Thomas Rowlandson, (1756-1827) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Later 2014 colouration of image for use inside Wiley's 30 Myths about the Romantics (April 2015 pub date)
Later 2014 coloration of image for use inside Wiley's 30 Myths about the Romantics (April 2015 pub date)

 

 

King Louis XIV of France in the costume of the Sun King in the ballet 'La Nuit', 1653 (original and later colouration). The transformed Sun King is used to illustrate an article in Sunday Times Culture. 24.10.10
King Louis XIV of France in the costume of the Sun King in the ballet 'La Nuit', 1653 (original and later colouration). The transformed Sun King is used to illustrate an article in Sunday Times Culture. 24.10.10

 

 
Additional services provided by the Bridgeman scanning team 
 
Provide details and cut outs on request
Supply the client with larger file size if required
Remove frame shadows, spotting, any other blemishes
Colour black and white engravings and sepia tone old photographs (see above)

 
Bridgeman's research, retouching and copyright service
 
Need help with a project?  Contact our team of in-house experts who work with our collections to source the cultural and historical images and clips you need, ensuring every one is picture perfect.
 
 

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