Project facts

Duration: 2023-02-01 - 2026-01-31
Project coordinator: CNR ISPC - National Research Council - Institute of Heritage Science
Project consortium: Forth (GR); Anamnesia and IMKI (FR); NTNU (NO); Fraunhofer IGD (DE); MIC – MANN museum (IT); Oslo Munch Museum (NO); Art Institute Chicago (USA); Hoverlay LTD (USA); HSLU (CH); Victoria & Albert MUSEUM (UK)
Funding bodies: European Commission
Subject areas: Digital Heritage
Budget: € 3 785 358,75


PERCEIVE aims at creating a new way to perceive, preserve, curate, exhibit, understand and access coloured Cultural Heritage collections and Digital Artworks, promoting their re-appropriation. These collections are a priority because of their high fragility, which requires shared methods to preserve and exhibit them, because of the complexity of their study and the significance of properly communicating these to future generations.

PERCEIVE supports the shaping of an European common identity around the concepts of care and diversity and, at the same time, strengthens the digital market for the creative industries. The PERCEIVE project starts from the twofold need to preserve better and communicate coloured artworks while improving and speeding up scientific process results, which could be employed to maximize visitors’ experience with a variety of digitally coloured collections.

PERCEIVE is developed considering five key scenarios:

  • Lost colours of Polychromy Classical Sculptures;
  • Fading colours in Paintings;
  • Fading colours in Textiles;
  • Historical Photos;
  • Digital Art.

Within these scenarios, PERCEIVE aims at advancing the digital capability of scientists and cultural institutions, through a service-based AI architecture and toolkit; and by developing a new design theory for on-site and remote XR experiences, based on “Care”, “Accessibility”, and “Authenticity” concepts, with and for the creative industries, expanding the access to Cultural Heritage and Art outside museums for a wider integration with the society.

Impacts & Results

PERCEIVE will transform the way colour in Digital Cultural Heritage, and Digital Art is communicated, through a ground‐breaking interdisciplinary approach to appearance and quality, defining a novel comprehensive framework for capturing, processing, assessing, representing, communicating, and reproducing colour images, to serve the current and future needs of stakeholders and individual users:

1. Making heritage science results accessible for immediate use and further development to Creative Industry sectors, including Computer Graphics Specialists, Exhibition and Light Designers, and Game companies.

2. Improving the museum's curatorial approaches to the study of coloured collection through the digitally shared methodology and to the use of digital practices to exhibit them (making conservation science results accessible so that they can be used for purposes of curation, preservation, and exhibition by developing a common and shareable protocol for investigation and reconstruction, leading to new digital empowerment in museums.

3. Improving colour reconstruction and prediction methodologies and workflow (reliable natural perception, colour reconstruction, light transfer and colour change prediction)

4. Widening the access and exploring the use of coloured collections and digital artworks, involving visitors and citizens (inside but also outside museums), improving their understanding and, at the same time, increasing their engagement with experiences that could be perceived as “authentic.”

5. European Citizens' re-appropriation of Coloured Collections, increasing awareness of their fragility and importance, through the development of a “sense of care”, based on the sense of wonder, emotion and embodiment.

Expected outcomes include new services, tools, and prototypes: a PERCEIVE Tool Kit bridged to an online, easy-to-use Service; PERCEIVE Experience Prototypes for visitors; and a PERCEIVE Design Tool Kit for designers, arts professionals, and educators.