Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear Objectrecognition and Automatic Comparision of the Sachsenspiegel Codices (2012-2015)
Björn Ommer, Peter Bell and Antonio Monroy
Program for assistant Professors, Ministry of Science, Research and Art (MWK), Baden-Württemberg
Cultural heritage consists not only of innovations but also of their reproductions and variations. Therefore it is crucial to evaluate the quality of these reproductions of art as well as their stylistic and semantic changes. Especially the manuscript culture of the Middle Ages flourished through manual reproductions. A prominent example is the frequently reproduced codex of Eike von Repgow’s Sachsenspiegel which was composed in the years between 1220-1235 in eastern Saxony. It constitutes an outstanding piece of medieval cultural history. Eike von Repgow’s text is one of the oldest prose works written in the and the earliest German vernacular law book and thus one of the most important monuments in the history of German law.
Only four illustrated versions of the text have been preserved, these Codices picturati from the 14th century are named after their present location in Heidelberg (H), Dresden (D), Wolfenbüttel (W), and Oldenburg (0). The focus of the project is to introduce a computer-based methodology for measuring and analyzing the variability between compositions of complete scenes and individual objects of these different manuscripts.
Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, The Eurographics Association, 2014.