A recreation of Raphael’s Lo Spasimo returns to Palermo
On 9th July, Factum Foundation’s recreation of Raphael’s Christ Falls on the Route to Cavalry, nicknamed Lo Spasimo di Sicilia, was installed in the monastery of Santa Maria dello Spasimo in Palermo, where the painting hung until the middle of the 16th century.
New Recording: Valdés Leal in Seville
In collaboration with the Real Hermandad de la Santa Caridad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, from July 6th to 17th a Factum Foundation team will carry out the recording of In Ictu Oculi and Finis Gloriae Mundi, two paintings by Valdés Leal, at the Iglesia de San Jorge in Seville.
Resuming work in the Valley of Kings
Factum Foundation is glad to announce that work is restarting once again in the tomb of Seti I, after the COVID-19 crisis imposed more than 100 days of interruption.
The high-resolution recording of the tomb will resume from the Burial Chamber and Corridor G as the first mission allowed to start again in the Valley of Kings.
Fragments of Velázquez' life
Working in collaboration with Seville's Archivo Histórico Provincial, Parroquia de San Pedro and Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, a team from Factum Foundation digitised in high resolution a selection of documents related to Diego Velázquez' life. Exact reproductions of these documents will become part of the permanent exhibition itinerary in Casa Natal de Velázquez, due to open in 2021.
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recording the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
From 6th to 17th July, a team from Factum Foundation will be in Venice to carry out the recording of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Working with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Iconem, the aim is to record the entire island using several recording methods such as aerial and ground-based photogrammetry and LiDAR recording.
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Caravaggio's Burial of Saint Lucy was recorded in Syracuse, Italy
Factum Foundation is honoured to have carried out the recording of Caravaggio’s Burial of St. Lucy in the Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Syracuse, between 24th and 30th June. The equipment is now being shipped to Seville for a major project related to the Spanish Golden Age.
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Recording Van Dyck at Wilton House
Before the shutdown of museums in the UK, a team from Factum Foundation was in the process of recording Anthony van Dyck's Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, with his Family held at Wilton House, near Salisbury. The colour recording of the painting was completed in March employing panoramic composite photography, and the recording of the surface relief using the Lucida 3D Scanner is resuming from July 6th to 23rd.
Factum Foundation on National Geographic
Since 2001, Factum has been working to develop the technologies needed to scan the tomb of Seti I. Facsimiles of the Hall of Beauties and Pillared Hall J, as well as a facsimile of Seti’s sarcophagus, have been created in 2017 and the effort to record in high resolution the missing fragments is ongoing.
The work of Factum Foundation on the tomb of Seti I has been mentioned in National Geographic.
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Greenlight on renovation works for Casa Natal de Velázquez
On June 10th, the urban planning committee at Seville’s city council authorised the beginning of construction works that will create the Casa Natal de Velázquez, an interpretation centre inside the painter's birthplace in Seville. The project is in collaboration with CEEH and supported by the Sevilla City Hall.
AL-QATT AL-ASIRI PATTERN BOOK, An introduction to traditional painting from Asir
Al-Qatt al-Asiri Pattern Book is a folio format publication produced in collaboration with Art Jameel, that has been designed as a teaching aid for the the women of Asir. The aim is to revive an art form that has been designated as 'intangible cultural heritage’ by UNESCO.
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Preliminary research and diagnostics begin on The Assumption of Mary and Saints
The winner of Bando Lucida 2020, The Assumption of Mary and Saints attributed to the workshops of Sandro Botticelli, in the Monumental Complex of Pilotta in Parma has been recorded with the Lucida 3D Scanner in Factum Foundation's Milan headquarters.
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The Materiality of the Aura: an exhibition by Factum Foundation in Bologna
On the second floor of Palazzo Fava, as part of the exhibition The Revealed Masterpiece (May 18th 2020 - January 10th 2021), in collaboration with Genus Bononiae, visitors will be able to explore the role of digital technology and reflect upon an object’s materiality and its “aura”.
The exhibition is open on appointment only, after purchasing the ticket online. Find out more
New publication: The aura in the age of digital materiality
This publication focuses on Factum Foundation's work to promote the use of high-resolution recording, digital restoration and creative re-materialisation while bringing into focus the changing attitudes towards owning, sharing, preserving and displaying cultural artefacts. It accompanies the exhibition 'La Riscoperta di un Capolavoro' (12 March - 28 June 2020, currently postponed) at Palazzo Fava, Bologna. Order now
Recording the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Niccolò dell'Arca
The sculptural group of the Compianto sul Cristo morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ) by Niccolò dell’Arca is located in the main chapel of the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna. The fragility of the seven terracotta statues led Factum Foundation, in collaboration with Genus Bononiae, to record the group as part of the exhibition La Materialità dell’Aura at Palazzo Fava.
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In this video, Aidan Weston-Lewis, chief curator at National Galleries of Scotland, and Enrique Bocanegra, director of the Casa Natal de Velázquez, talk about the importance and relevance of this collaboration and the potential for digital technologies to recover Velázquez’s legacy, as part of a wider collaboration with CEEH (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica).
Curated by Adam Lowe, Guendalina Damone and Carlos Bayod Lucini, the exhibition at Palazzo Fava focuses on the ways in which Factum Foundation uses technology to help with the long-term preservation of diverse forms of cultural heritage. This approach involves documentation, monitoring, in-depth study, and the recreation and dissemination of objects in both physical and virtual forms. Learn more.