Fine Art Cloned By Technology
Written by David Conrad   
Sunday, 07 January 2024

Have you ever dreamed of owning a Monet or a Kandinsky? No? Well what's the point when they are so rare? However, thanks to the latest in laser scanners and 3D printing there are now near-clones that are stroke-for-stroke reproductions complete with the cracks, ridges and imperfections of the original.

For centuries there has been a thriving market in reproduction artworks. Given the skill and effort required, high-end copies by artists have commanded high prices while mass-produced knock-offs have been instantly recognizable as such. 

All this has changed and, had I been quicker to know about it, this reproduction of Walter Kandinsky's "Landscape" painted in 1901 could be hanging over my mantelpiece.

LITO Kandisnsky370

Measuring 20 by 30 centimetres, unframed and on paper, this reprint (in a limited edition of 150) cost £264, around $360. On canvas and framed the cost rose to £878 ($1117). Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity - handy if someone suspects you of being a fine art thief.

The company that is taking advantage of the advances in laser scanning that is transforming how museums now conserve and restore their collections by mapping the colors and textures of paints is Lito Masters, co-founded by John Dodelande in 2022. 

To date it has worked with Musée D'Orsay and Musée Magritte and has recently started a new collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris to which Claude Monet donated his huge murals depicting water lilies in the ponds surrounding his home in Giverny. Lito Masters spent a week scanning the curved artworks before using 3-D printing to create more portable artworks.

LITO 3DMonet

Now visitors to Musée L'Orangerie, or visitors to Lito Masters website, have the opportunity to take home a 30 cm by 30 cm print on paper at a cost of £395 (approx $500), with part of the proceeds going to the museum.


LITO Monetsq 


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