Copying is the "emergency need" for the initial rescue protection of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, which has become a "compulsory course" for many "Mogao Grottoes ". As an artist who has been living with Mogao Grottoes for 17 years, Han Weimeng, a painter of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dunhuang Research Institute, has been busy with the restoration and copying of the whole cave of Mogao Grottoes 172 for three consecutive years.
As one of the representative works of murals in the prosperous Tang Dynasty, the large murals in Cave 172 of Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang are valuable materials in the history of ancient Chinese architecture. The whole mural uses a very mature scattered perspective painting, the platform of Bodhisattva, music, listening to the Dharma, playing music, plump image, solemn atmosphere, elegant style. Surrounded by magnificent buildings, the hall and the hall are connected by corridors.
"Unlike the digital collection method, many of the frescoes that have been eroded and broken through the millennia in the process of copying will be presented little by little, more emotional, and old art will be old and new ." Han said copying is a long-term process that requires selectivity, starting with some of the most complete and classic caves.
"The difficulty of restoration copying is that some Buddha faces become black, unable to determine which color, how deep ......" Han Weimeng said restoration copying requires a multi-disciplinary knowledge reserve, the first reference is digital photos, then bare-handed manuscripts, repeatedly compared to repair almost, and then on the cave to further compare and modify to make it more complete.