Perceptive Enhanced Realities of Colored collEctions through AI and Virtual Experiences



PERCEIVE aims at creating a new way to perceive, preserve, curate, exhibit, understand and access colored Cultural Heritage collections and Digital Artworks, promoting their re-appropriation. These collections are a priority because of their high fragility that requires shared methods to preserve and exhibit them, because of the complexity of their study and because of the significance of being able to properly communicate 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 needs of better preserving and communicating colored artworks and, at the same time, improving and speeding up scientific process results, which could be employed to maximize visitors’ experience with a variety of digital colored collections.

PERCEIVE is developed considering 5 key scenarios:

  1. Lost colors of Polychromy Classical Sculptures;
  2. Fading colors in Paintings;
  3. Fading colors in Textiles;
  4. Historical Photos;
  5. 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.  Expected outcomes include new services, tools and prototypes, including a number of expected results.

Project information

  • Funded by: European Commission
  • Call: HORIZON-CL2-2021-HERITAGE-01
  • Start date: 1 February 2023
  • End date: 31 January 2026
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Sofia Pescarin
  • Project Leader: CNR ISPC
  • Partners: 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)
  • Project website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant agreement N. 101061157.


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Launch event


Perceptive Enhanced Realities of Colored collEctions through artificial Intelligence and Virtual Experiences

March 6th, 2023 | H 9:00 – 18:00
Auditorium, MANN Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (Italy)

A special event open to scholar communities, cultural and creative sectors and civil society to explore the beauty and fragility of coloured artworks and assess the challenge of colour conservation and reconstruction together with multidisciplinary scholars and experts from 8 countries and 11 institutions.

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