Finding the real color-quantitative color examination and restoration of Chinese historical architecture


This study incorporates quantitative color examination and measurement into the study of visual performance of traditional Chinese architecture. It provides an objective and scientific way for generating color-restoration drawings that either reflect the “original” or “current” state of the building by looking for the extreme chroma color and calculating the average color. This method reinforces people's understanding of the true appearance of historic buildings and makes it possible to compare the similarities and differences of color schemes between different cases on an open and standard ground. This paper is supported by the Chinese National Key Research and Development Program of China - Research and Demonstration of Key Technologies for Scientific Cognition and Ontology Protection of Ming and Qing Dynasty Imperial Building Construction Techniques, Project Approval No. 2020YFC1522401.


Polychrome decoration; color examination; color reproduction; heritage architecture

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