3D Van Gogh paintings on your wall

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Summer may be over, but these Van Gogh sunflowers still beautifully capture the sunlight that their leaves drink.

You’ve heard of 3D movies and 3D television, but have you heard of 3D art? It sounds complicated, but The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has developed high-quality 3D reproductions of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. The replicas are called Relievos, and are being created by the museum in partnership with Fujifilm. The Relievos are so realistic that each one has been marked with an unbreakable seal that will distinguish them.

Talk about awesome technology! Speaking of the tech… 3D scanning called “reliefography” is used to make these paintings. It’s so complex that it took more than seven years to develop, and only three can be made a day! The best part, though, is no lame eyewear is needed to view this 3D piece of art!

Each reproduction is priced at £22,000 euros, which is approximately $30,000 US dollars. Woah! That’s a lot of dough! So, who is Van Gogh and why am I going to pay that much money when I can use that cash to buy a lot of pasta for my macaroni art collection?!

Well, Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was a Dutch artist that specialized in post-impressionism, a type of art that used vivid colors, thick applications of paint, and real-life subjects and scenery.

His creative works were a big influence in 20th-century art, but unfortunately, was not appreciated until after his death. Some of his most notable paintings are Sunflowers (1889) and Starry Night (1889). Yeah, you know, those pictures that come as a default background on your cellphone!

All the money gained from sales will go to museum renovations, and the preservation of a collection of 200 paintings, drawings, and letters. Axel Rüger, the museum’s director, encouraged people to consider buying these paintings by saying, “For someone interested in Van Gogh, this is the closest you can get to the original without it being the original.” Hmm… at $30,000, I still don’t think it’s as close as I can get to the original. We can still appreciate the beauty of his invention, though!