Scanning & Printing a Large Nude Under Glass

"Italian Nude" by Catherine Mayell


An artist’s mother brought a large, magnificent 3.5’x 4’ nude artwork in a glass-protected frame for scanning.  Having sold the artwork years earlier as an art student, her daughter had no prints of "The Italian Nude." Her mother had tried to buy the original back from the owner, but she would not part with it at even quadruple the original price.

Filled with sorrow at the loss, the artist’s mother convinced the owner to allow her to borrow "The Italian Nude" for digital capture.  We were the only company that she could find that could scan the original without removing the artwork from the frame.

We captured a detailed scan of the artwork preserving the subtle beiges and skin tones without having to remove the artwork from the frame. We color balanced and printed a Giclee that matched the original so well that the artist herself could not tell the difference between the original and the print! Artist Catherine Mayell said, "It was like having the original back in my possession."

Here is a detail view of the paper texture captured by the Cruse Scanner: