Recording the Chart of Juan de la Cosa
From 25th to 27th January, Factum Foundation carried out the recording of the Chart of Juan de la Cosa, from the collection of the Museo Naval in Madrid, using non-contact technologies: the Lucida 3D Scanner for the surface and composite photography for the colour. The digital data will belong to the Museo Naval for study and conservation purposes. An exact facsimile of the map will also be produced and will be part of the exhibition display at the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland. More on the project
Progress on the Spanish Gallery installation for Bishop Auckland
Between 2018 and 2020, in collaboration with Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, paintings, sculptures and architectural elements were recorded in high-resolution at various locations in Toledo and Seville. This data has now been processed and Factum's technicians and artisans are now focusing on adapting and recreating ceilings, tiles, floors and architectural elements.
The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A: the digital content is now available
On January 25th, the V&A launched a new online platform where the data from the Raphael Cartoons, recorded by Factum Foundation in high-resolution 3D, colour and infrared, was made available to the public for the first time.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS' DAY IN EGYPT
On January 14th Factum Foundation and the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative celebrated the Egyptian Archaeologists' Day, together with our team currently operating on the high resolution recording of the tomb of Seti I. The TNPI was the first mission to resume work in July 2020 and is the only Egyptian team devoted to high-resolution 3D recording in Luxor. We want to thank the University of Basel and the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt for supporting the work of the scanning team.
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Fragments of history
In collaboration with the Spanish Museo Nacional de Escultura and in agreement with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Factum Foundation carried out the recording of the missing fragments from the sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera, sculpted in 1552 by Alonso Berruguete. The white marble sepulchre was damaged during the Civil War and plaster fragments from the only cast of the original have been since kept in storage within the Museo Nacional de Escultura. More on the project
The hand of the artist from 3D surface data
Factum Foundation has initiated a collaboration with a team from the Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Art History and Art Departments at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal is to apply machine learning methods to surface profilometry images of paintings in order to attribute stylistic components of brushwork in some of the later paintings of El Greco, with the aim of exploring differences between the hand of El Greco and those of his son, workshop and later interventions. More on the project
Recording Nabatean Heritage with RCU
Following the first trip in October 2020, a second team travelled to AlUla in November to continue the recording at Hegra and begin work at Dadan. Meanwhile, the first team have been processing the data captured during the previous trip, which is being supplied to the Royal Commission for AlUla.
AALTOSIILO: Factum Foundation and Oamk
Factum Foundation and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes the terms of a collaboration between the two institutions on the AALTOSIILO project, which aims to restore Alvar Aalto's first industrial building in Oulu, Finland.
TNPI 2020 report is available
A new report on the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative is now freely available. 2020 has seen a new global recognition of the importance of digital recording for documenting, disseminating and displaying cultural heritage. The crisis has also underlined the importance of the high-resolution 3D and colour recording that is being carried out by the TNPI.
Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and Public Inquiry: closing statement
The Public Inquiry, which started on 6 October to decide the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has now finished. Factum Foundation and Re-Form Heritage are looking forward to the decision that will be made by the Secretary of State.
Recording the back of the Heart-shaped map of Hajji Ahmed
A new recording of the original printing blocks of the Heart-shaped map of Hajji Ahmed (also known as Mappa Turchesca), was carried out at the Biblioteca Marciana on 4, 5 and 6 November using the Lucida 3D Scanner, focussing on the back of the wooden panels.
Facsimile of Caravaggio's Burial of Saint Lucy at MART
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 2020. An exact facsimile was created by Factum Arte for the exhibition 'Caravaggio. Il Contemporaneo - In dialogo con Burri and Pasolini' at Mart Rovereto (October 9th 2020 - April 18th 2021).
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Recording El Greco's Annunciation with Fundación Banco Santander
Factum Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Fundación Banco Santander for the high-resolution recording in 3D and colour of El Greco’s Annunciation, from the collection of Banco Santander. The painting, one of El Greco’s final works and intended for the right side altar of the church in Tavera Hospital, was recorded using the Lucida 3D Scanner and panoramic composite photography. More on the project
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, where you can browse all of the Foundation's many collaborations and partnerships.
Factum Arte in Madrid uses the latest 3D scanning and printing technology to create copies of some of the world's most famous masterpieces — saving them from the ravages of time and even helping to bring back missing works from the dead. (Reportage by Business Insider, December 2020)