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Picasso's iconic painting examined by robot

03-01-2012 10:04 BJT

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Pablo Picasso's best known painting "Guernica" has a privileged place in Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum, but the masterpiece has gone through a lot since its creation 75 years ago. Now, with the help of a giant robot, the painting gets a thorough health check, and experts will be able to explore the details and the true condition of the iconic piece.

Fondly named "Pablito", the computer-controlled robot is capable of taking high resolution photographs of the painting "Guernica". With the help of the latest technology, Pablito will eventually provide digital images of very small areas of the painting, allowing experts to see not only creases and cracks that were previously not visible to the human eye, but also the techniques and material Picasso used. They can even monitor the work from smartphones.

Humberto Duran, conservation expert of Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, said, "We have never done it in such an ambitious way. What we usually do is (to) take a general shot of a painting, but never such small macro-photographs scanning an entire painting, then sewing them together later and then generating a mega-image. We can zoom in on the work and see what the human eye is incapable of seeing."

With the help of a giant robot, the painting gets a thorough health check, and experts
will be able to explore the details and the true condition of the iconic piece.

Picasso painted the mural-sized piece in 1937, inspired by black and white newspaper photos of the bombing of Guernica by German forces. For the artist himself, it was the work that would raise awareness of the horrors of war.

As it made its way to different countries, it was battered, rolled and unrolled, in ways few works of art of its calibre will ever experience.

Jorge Garcia Gomez-Tejedor, Conservation Head, Reina Sofia Museum, said, "I think the painting probably has experienced the roughest journey because of what it represented for the artist and history at the time. We would be frightened by the way it was transported, now we wouldn't allow a painting to be moved like that."

Now Guernica no longer travels because of its fragile state, but it has pride of place at the Reina Sofia, attracting over 10-thousand visitors daily. The work carried out by the Pablito began at the end of January, and is expected to be completed in June.

Pablo Picasso's best known painting "Guernica" (File Photo)


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