I have been working nearly nonstop since Christmas digitally restoring the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. It is presently in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. There is a second Mona Lisa in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, painted at the same time by Leonardo and his assistants. The two pictures were painted from perspectives only a few inches apart, and they were so carefully done that when viewed cross-eyed or with special 3D binoculars they form an image in your mind that appears to be in full three dimensions. The Prado Mona Lisa has just been released for public viewing after several years of careful restoration and it looks as clean as the original probably looked when it left Leonardo’s studio.
The problem for my 3D viewing project was that the Louvre copy of the Mona Lisa was in terrible condition. Actually it is in good condition for a painting that is five hundred years old, but it is covered in many layers of corruption and deterioration. I wanted a perfect copy, so the 3D experience would be as wonderful as possible, and that’s why I put in over two hundred hours of effort trying to bring it back to its original condition.
Below is a low resolution image, but for the presentation that is planned for next month I will use a larger file size. This one looks much better than the anything I was able to find online.
To see some other restorations go to Wikimedia Commons Category:Mona Lisa.