New recording in Cleveland
In November 2021, a team from Factum Foundation carried out the high resolution recording of the Crucifixion by El Greco within the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Both the surface data and accurate colour were acquired using the Lucida 3D Scanner and composite photography. The project with Case Western Reserve University aims to analyse late paintings by El Greco, in order to reveal new information about the working practice of the artist’s studio through the use of machine learning algorithms.
Opening: In the Blink of an Eye, Transience and Eternity in the Spanish Golden Age
As part of The Auckland Project, Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña designed the top floor of the Spanish Gallery, in Bishop Auckland. The result is a space filled with great objects, all with their own specific history, biography and meaning in their original location, but with the potential to unlock a profound understanding of Spanish art when put together in dialogue with each other. Discover the exhibition
Heritage Lab: Installation of a Replica Scanner in Turin
Italgas has partnered with ARCHiVe in a project to record and share online its historical archive: a multi-layered and complex collection of documents, pictures, historical papers and essays, scientific journals and texts. A custom Replica 360 Recto/Verso, a recording system developed by Factum Arte and Foundation, has been installed in a dedicated space within the Italgas headquarters in Turin. More on the project
Final recordings in the tomb of Seti I
A team from Factum Foundation is currently in Luxor during the final stages of the recording of the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, carrying out composite photography recording. Once the recording of the entire tomb of Seti I is complete, our attention will focus on establishing Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI) as an autonomous and independent documentation, archiving and training centre.
Grinling Gibbons' Crucifixion
Marking the tercentenary occasion of the 17th-century master woodcarver and sculptor Grinling Gibbons' death, Factum Foundation was asked by the Grinling Gibbons Society to record in high resolution of Gibbons' Crucifixion held in the collection of Dunham Massey, managed by the National Trust. Over the course of the summer, the 3D team at Factum worked on an accurate detailed and meaningful 3D model that can be seen in colour or as a shaded render.
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Aalto Silo 3D model
The AALTOSIILO team is delighted to announce that the 3D model of the Aalto Siilo has been completed in collaboration with the Arctic Drone Labs (at Oulu University of Applied Sciences). The scanning of the building and its plot was done using drone-based LiDAR and photogrammetry during the summer. The model will soon be updated to include the interior of the building.
New approaches to restoration
The project to restore the Crucifixion by the Master of the Lindau Lamentation, a Gothic panel within the collection of the Museum Catharijne Convent, is advancing to its next stages. A team from Utrecht University, Leiden University and Technische Universiteit Delft visited Factum on October 15 to discuss the next steps in the digital restoration and the production of a facsimile.
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Facsimile of Titian's La Sapienza
For the exhibition 'Tizians Frauenbild' (5 October 2021 - 16 January 2022) at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, Factum Foundation carried out the recording of Titian’s La Sapienza (c. 1560) at the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice. The painting was recorded in June using composite photography, with the aim of producing a facsimile that was installed on the vaulted ceiling while the original will be in Wien for the exhibition.
Digitising the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
As part of the celebrations around the 70th anniversary of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Factum Foundation's Adam Lowe and Frédéric Kaplan from EPFL discussed the outcome of the recording of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, an ARCHiVe project. The online presentation 'Recording the island of San Giorgio Maggiore', was streamed live on Youtube on September 27 as the opening event of AOA - ARCHiVe Online Academy.
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ARCHiVe & Divirod: Research into new monitoring systems
Factum Foundation is happy to name Divirod as a new collaborator in the ARCHiVe project. In late August, the start-up from Boulder, Colorado, installed a passive radar sensor that uses satellites and locally recorded data to generate accurate hydrological models. ARCHiVe Online Academy: More information on how to access the free classes here.
Recording the painted caves of Laas Geel
In collaboration with the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and the Redsea Cultural Foundation, a team from Factum Foundation travelled to Somaliland to carry out a skills and technology transfer while recording buildings, manuscripts and several sites containing Neolithic paintings. The team carried out the high-resolution 3D documentation of the painted chambers at Laas Geel: a complex of 22 rock shelters containing some of the earliest known rock art in the region.
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A New Publication: The Aesthetics of Marble
Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catlings' essay: ‘Articulate Stones in the Digital Age. Wrinkles, Scars, Blotches, Bruises, Fractures, Mutilations, Amputations, Dislocations and Restorations’ has been featured in The Aesthetics of Marble: From Late Antiquity to the Present by Dario Gamboni, Gerhard Wolf, and Jessica Richardson
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Factum Foundation and RCU: final phase
Factum Foundation is delighted to announce that the project to record the Nabataean, Dadanite and Lihyanite heritage in the AlUla oasis in high-resolution 3D and colour is in its final phase after two years of intensive work. Over the past month of recording, the focus moved away from the tomb façades and inscriptions and towards the environments in which they sit.
Factum and Colnaghi: recording a 16th century tapestry
Factum Foundation and Colnaghi are developing an increasingly close relationship. This month we have completed the full colour and 3D recording of both sides of an important tapestry by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550) woven in about 1530 for Henry VIII. The resulting digital passport of the object will be essential to monitor the condition of the tapestry and will be used for conservation and research purposes.
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The seminar series was been jointly organised by the Zurbarán Centre and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in association with the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes.
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Since its creation in 2009, Factum Foundation has worked on recording and facsimile projects across the globe. We can now present this visually on Google Earth.