about mfa archival replicas



The Process

The MFA’s Archival Replicas are made from high-resolution digital photographs with the aid of state-of-the art digital technology. Our digital imaging specialists carefully color match the printed reproduction against the original work of art in our collection thus ensuring the highest degree of fidelity.

The Technology

After extensive testing on various large format color reproduction systems, the MFA has chosen the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 ink-jet printer for reproductions of works in our collections. The Epson Stylus Pro 9600 can print up to 44" wide and uses long lasting pigment inks. These pigments are capable of faithfully reproducing even the subtlest fine art. They also have the advantage of being one of the most archival ink sets currently available. Independent tests done by Wilhelm Imaging Research, the leading testing lab for the longevity of color printing materials, predicts that prints made with the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 Ultrachrome pigment inks, framed with UV Plexiglas under normal indoor lighting conditions, will last over 100 years before any noticeable fading occurs. The inks used for printing posters and the dye based inks used in the Iris ink-jet printers will not last nearly as long. Also, while it is not recommended that any fine art color print be exposed to ultra violet light for extended periods of time, the Epson pigments are far more resistant to UV light than dye based inks.

The MFA’s Archival Replicas are reproduced on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art paper, a 500g/m2, 100% rag, acid-free archival ink-jet paper. This paper has an ink-jet coating that is engineered to give the highest resolution and color saturation achievable with current digital printing technology.

The Difference

MFA Archival Replicas are faithful reproductions of original works of art in our collections, printed in-house by our digital imaging specialists.



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