In Pictures: The story of the Picasso and a 1.5 ton robot

Spanish telecom firm, Telefonica, built a robot to digitally image and look for problems with Pablo Picasso's famous 'Guernica' painting

When Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum wanted to look deep inside its iconic but extremely delicate Pablo Picasso 'Guernica' painting, Telefonica built the tool: a 1.5 ton robot known as “Pablito” that could gently photograph every nook and cranny of the artwork. Telefonica say it created the large-scale Cartesian robot with a sophisticated photographic system to be used for digitizing images of a work of art. The idea is to let restorers peer deep inside a painting to see any deterioration and act more quickly to preserve a work of art. Here we take a look at Pabilto’s ongoing work on Picasso’s 'Guernica.'

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