Austrian Company Utilizes 3D Printing to Recreate Art Masterpieces


Lito Masters, an Austrian printmaking company, is transforming art reproduction using Additive Manufacturing. Their method enables the creation of high-fidelity replicas of famous paintings, capturing every brushstroke and texture detail. In collaboration with museums, Lito Masters scans paintings by renowned artists like Van Gogh, Matisse, and Kandinsky, employing advanced laser scanning technology. These scans meticulously record the paintings’ surface details, enabling accurate 3D printed reproductions on canvas or paper.

The reproductions, designed to be almost indistinguishable from the originals, offer art enthusiasts a more affordable option to own a piece of art history. Prices range from 450 euros for small paper works to 6,650 euros for larger canvases. Each batch, limited to 150 to 999 editions per artwork, comes with a certificate of authenticity from the museum housing the original.

Lito, the parent company, holds an exclusive license for the laser scanner used in this process. The detailed scans, which can take up to six hours per square meter, are used not only for reproduction but also for scientific research by the partnering museums. This collaboration also extends to museum gift shops, where these reproductions are sold, offering visitors a tangible piece of their museum experience.

Lito Masters plans to expand its partnerships to include more museums and artists’ estates. They are also collaborating with contemporary artists to create new works using their technology. The company envisions their printed reproductions playing a role in future exhibitions, especially when loaning or transporting original works is impractical.

This approach may redefine art accessibility and preservation. As 3D printing and scanning tech evolves, it could become a standard method for creating and sharing art globally, offering new opportunities for education, preservation, and appreciation of cultural heritage.


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