Recording "The Circle" Stradivari with the Lucida 3D Laser Scanner

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Factum Foundation is collaborating with luthiers Julia Sarano and Robert Brewer Young on a pilot project to create a unique 3D study of a rare violin, with a precision measured in microns, as part of a multi-layered instrument archive. “The Circle” Stradivari, named for the partial circle inscribed on the back by the maker, is a celebrated instrument that dates from 1701 at the outset of Antonio Stradivari’s ‘golden period’. The instrument was generously on loan for this study from London violin dealers J&A Beare. Data recorded with the Lucida 3D Laser Scanner, was used to scale a high-resolution photogrammetry model of the instrument. This can provide unique information for conservators, experts, collectors, scholars and makers.

Sarano and Young are working to build up a comprehensive catalogue of information on fine violins and other stringed instruments. This study will serve as an extension of the historic W. E. Hill & Sons archive.

[L] 3D render of “The Circle” Stradivari, processed with RealityCapture software © Factum Foundation

[L] 3D render of “The Circle” Stradivari, processed with RealityCapture software © Factum Foundation

3D render of “The Circle” Stradivari, processed with RealityCapture software © Factum Foundation

3D render of “The Circle” Stradivari, processed with RealityCapture software © Factum Foundation

3D render of “The Circle” Stradivari, processed with RealityCapture software © Factum Foundation

The Factum team was made up of Eva Rosenthal, Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, Elizabeth Mitchell, Pedro Miró, Otto Lowe

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