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The Lucida Lab Milano recording J. B. Jackson's Chiaroscuro woodcuts
The Lucida Lab Milano recording J. B. Jackson's Chiaroscuro woodcuts

A team from the Lucida Lab Milano started the recording of J. B. Jackson's Chiaroscuro woodcuts, in Palazzo Sturm, Bassano del Grappa's Civic Museum. Palazzo Sturm is one of the few museums in Italy dedicated to showing every aspect of Remondini’s industrial process within the 16th and 17th centuries as well as the phases in the production of books, decorated papers, religious and popular print makings, games, optical views, etchings and woodcuts.

Read more about the Lucida Lab Milano.

Registration opening: Digital Transformation teaching programme
Registration opening: Digital Transformation teaching programme

The registration is now open for the Digital Transformation teaching programme that will be given by Carlos Bayod Lucini, Project Director at Factum Foundation. The programme is an initiative from the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado and will be held in Madrid from 6 to 27 March 2019.

About the programme: Digital technology is changing methods and results in both artistic creation and heritage conservation. The growing advances in software and capturing systems (3D scanning, photogrammetry), visualization (virtual reality, augmented reality) and manufacturing (3D printing) are making possible a different interaction with our cultural environment. The diffusion of new technologies and their combination with traditional techniques greatly increase the creative and productive possibilities. The figure of the digital craftsman appears, a mediator between the physical and virtual world, while multidisciplinary teams are increasingly necessary for the development of innovative artistic projects. The new technologies favor, in short, the development of complex creative processes in which digital allows a more direct access to the material.

More information on the Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado's website.

Recording "Maria Sèthe, afterwards Madame Henry Van de Velde" by Theo Van Rysselberghe
Recording "Maria Sèthe, afterwards Madame Henry Van de Velde" by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Factum Foundation's team started the digitisation of the painting "Maria Sèthe, afterwards Madame Henry Van de Velde" by Theo Van Rysselberghe, collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Read more on recording projects here.

'Saved by the Bell!' - The Resurrection of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
'Saved by the Bell!' - The Resurrection of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Factum Foundation is launching a new initiative in partnership with The United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT) to resurrect the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a working foundry for the 21st century. The WBF was acquired in 2017 and the manufacture of the bells which have continuously been made at the site since the reign of Elizabeth I ceased.

The Factum Foundation & UKHBPT proposal presents an innovative vision for the future of one of the United Kingdom's finest cultural and heritage assets, bringing internationally renowned artists and craftspeople together with the local community in an endeavour to ensure its future as an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially engaged space. The aim of the proposal document is to convince the current owners of the building, Raycliffe Whitechapel LLP, either to participate in the resurrection of the WBF, or to sell the property to allow this to happen.

Read the full proposal, prepared by Skene Catling de la Peña.

Recording Parmigianino's self-portrait in Vienna
Recording Parmigianino's self-portrait in Vienna

A few days ago, Factum Foundation's team went to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to record Parmigianino's self-portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524). This small painting, measuring just about 20 cm in diameter, is one of the masterpieces in the museum's Picture Gallery. The Lucida 3D Scanner was used to obtain detailed information of the panel's surface, which has a characteristic convex shape and very subtle texture, as well as its back side. Additionally, the painting was recorded with high-resolution photography and photogrammetry. The data will be used for documentation and dissemination purposes in collaboration with the KHM.

Recording Wenzel Jamnitzer's Bell
Recording Wenzel Jamnitzer's Bell

In June 2018, a team from Factum Foundation has started working at the British Museum to record one of Wenzel Jamnitzer's most important works: a decorative bell produced in the mid-16th century. The intricacy of the surface represents one of the most challenging objects that Factum Foundation has ever tried to record. The project represents a continuation in Factum's interest in Jamnitzer, which first involved translating his perspectival studies into 3D models; read more about that project here.

Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe
Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe

"The idea really is something like the old renaissance workshops where people with many different skills, work to pursue a common goal." In his interview by Patek Philippe Magazine, Adam Lowe talks about Factum Arte, Factum Foundation, the creative energy that animates the workshops and the contemporary artists, artisans and secular masterpieces that run them.

To know more about the articulation of this unique place where artists, technicians and artisans join their passions and experiment with cutting-edge technologies, like art students in a playground, you can watch this video and read the corresponding article published by Patek Philippe Magazine.

Digitizing Francisco de Goya's work at the Museo del Prado
Digitizing Francisco de Goya's work at the Museo del Prado

Factum Foundation, in collaboration with the Museo del Prado, has carried out the digitalization in 3D and color of the work Queen María Luisa on horseback, by Franciso de Goya. Non-contact digital technology specifically developed for the field of conservation was used, such as the Lucida 3D scanner, as well as high-resolution panoramic photography. The information obtained from the surface of the canvas, in combination with other layers of analysis made by the Museum, will allow the creation of a virtual archive for the study and dissemination of the work, and will serve as the basis for the potential realization of a conservation facsimile.

Read more about the Lucida 3D scanner here.

Recording Murillo's frames in Seville
Recording Murillo's frames in Seville

In February and March 2018, Factum Foundation digitized two large paintings by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – The Miracle of the Fish and Bread and Moses drawing water from the rock – at the Instituto Andaluz de Patrimonio Histórico in Seville.

As part of the project, the paintings' two ornate gilded frames, made by Bernardo Simón de Pineda, one of the preeminent altarpiece sculptors of 17th century Seville, were also digitised with close-range photogrammetry.

This project was carried out in collaboration with the Hermandad de la Santa Caridad, the Caixa Foundation and the IAPH. Both paintings are currently on view at the exhibition “Murillo cercano: Miradas cruzadas” at the Hospital de la Claridad in Seville. To learn more about Murillo's work in Seville click here.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

An innovative cartographic model of Middle-earth is exhibited at the Bodleian Library's exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth from June, 1st - October, 28th. The exhibition comprises drawings and notes made by Tolkien whilst he was composing The Lord of the Rings.

In conjunction with Factum Foundation, Factum Arte's contribution features a dynamic 4D map carved into translucent resin and surrounded by elvish lettering routed into aluminium. A screen-based video is visible through the translucent material and a video-projection, mounted above the map, adds further layers of factual and atmospheric information, including the routes taken by the main characters in the trilogy. Four-dimensional mapping of this kind is becoming increasingly important as the past and present inform each other.

To get some sense of the imaginative potential of the map, visit the exhibition in Oxford.

Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice
Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice

On May 28th, the Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice centre was launched in its new space on the island of San Giorgio. Triggered by the vision of the Cini Foundation, Factum Foundation and the DHLAB-EPFL, the Center will employ cutting-edge recording technology for the understanding of cultural heritage.

The initiative started in 2015 with a collaboration between the three parties to digitize the photo-archive of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini the most in-depth record of paintings from the Veneto. Factum Foundation's relationship with the Cini started in 2006 with the game-changing facsimile of Veronese’s Wedding at Cana.

Toponyms in the Book of Roger
Toponyms in the Book of Roger

Aliaa Ismail, an egyptologist and Arabic speaker, is studying the toponyms in the 12th century map compiled by the Muslim cartographer Al-Idrisi from travel accounts collected in Sicily at the court of the Norman King Roger II. The maps in a 16th century Egyptian manuscript copy of the Book of Roger were digitised by Factum Foundation at the Bodleian Library in 2017. Using this data, Ismail will assemble a database cross-referencing the toponyms with the text that accompanies the map, tracing land and sea routes taken by travellers in the Middle Ages. Perhaps one of the most interesting examples describes the source of the Nile as the ‘Mountain of the Moon’. The waters were thought to collect in a lake from where they split into two rivers stretching north - the Egyptian Nile - and west - the Sudan Nile - at a mountain known as Al-Qasm or ‘the partition’.

Read more here.

Reconstructing a monument by Antonio Canova
Reconstructing a monument by Antonio Canova

Pedro Miro and Otto Lowe recorded the plaster fragments of an equestrian statue of Ferdinand IV made by Antonio Canova in 1806. The fragments of the monument are conserved at the Museo Civico in Bassano del Grappa in Italy. All fragments were recorded using photogrammetry and a white light Breuckmann scanner. The information obtained from both systems will be processed using Reality Capture to produce a 3D model of the original monument.

Our collaboration with the Museo Civico began last October with the recording of Canova's sculpture The Three Graces and the digitisation of various sketches and preparatory drawings. Learn more about the project here.

Joining forces to combat the destruction of Antiquities
Joining forces to combat the destruction of Antiquities

As a member of the core research team, the Factum Foundation has participated in all the Reach roundtables. The Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage Project (ReACH) was a research group dedicated to drafting guidelines for recording cultural heritage. ReACH coincides with the 150th anniversary of Henry Cole’s 1867 Convention, which helped usher in a period where museums actively engaged in the creation of reproductions of objects from around the world. The document is inspiring in its clarity, practicality and openness to the creation and sharing of reproductions. Read it here.

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