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The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A: the digital content is now available
The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A: the digital content is now available

On January 25 2021, 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. Through a new digital environment on the V&A’s website, users are now able to engage with the Cartoons in new ways and at an unprecedented level of detail. The dataset from the recording, which was supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, is accessible through a high-resolution multi-layer viewer where both the surface, colour and infrared information can be explored, ​with different datasets viewable either merged or separated out.

The refurbished Raphael Court will reopen to visitors when the museum reopens on 19 May 2021.


Adam Lowe on Benvenuto Cellini's <i>Crucifixion</i>
Adam Lowe on Benvenuto Cellini's Crucifixion

In his podcast 'Blood and Bronze' on BBC Radio, Jerry Brotton reveals how the Renaissance was a time of conflict as well as beauty, creativity and tyranny, by retracing the life of Benvenuto Cellini through his autobiography.

In episode 9, Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, visits the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial to talk about Cellini's Crucifixion, thanks to the collaboration of Patrimonio Nacional.

Listen to the podcast on BBC Radio 3


The Toledo International Platform on Cultural Heritage and conflict resolution
The Toledo International Platform on Cultural Heritage and conflict resolution

Factum Foundation welcomes the adoption of the EU Concept on Cultural Heritage in crisis and conflict, an important step in a new approach in mediation and conflict resolution. Stakeholders working with cultural heritage, political negotiation and peace-building have welcomed the initiative presented in November 2020 by Spain´s Ambassador-at-large for Mediation and Intercultural Dialogue at the EEAS/UNESCO Conference.

An international conference will be held at the end of September 2021 in Toledo to launch an international platform that will promote projects in the fields of cultural heritage and conflict resolution, supported by the Junta de Castilla la Mancha and other regional institutions as well as the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Factum Foundation is proud to join the Centro Internacional Toledo para la Paz (CITpax) and other international partners in this ambitious initiative.

Read the full press release


Reuniting a painting by Carpaccio
Reuniting a painting by Carpaccio

Factum Foundation has initiated an ambitious project involving the use of digital technologies for recording and re-materialisation of a divided panel painting by Carpaccio – the aim is to reunify the panels and analyse the missing area.

The painting known as Two Venetian Ladies (c. 1490), located at the Museo Correr in Venice, is the lower half of a larger panel that was cut down, possibly on each side and in the middle. The upper half being Hunting on the Lagoon, is at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, and the recording is currently under discussion. The panel at the Museo Correr was recorded in November 2020 with the assistance of Arteria. The panel was taken out of its protective case and placed on an easel before recording it using the Lucida 3D Scanner and composite photography. The data was processed in ARCHiVe.


New video: Digitising the sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera

The project involving the recording and replication of the sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera is a collaboration between Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, The Auckland Project and Factum Foundation. In May 2018, a team from Factum Foundation carried out the digitisation of the sepulchre in Toledo. Three complementary systems were used: photogrammetry, a structured white light scanner and LiDAR. The data was processed and merged together to form a high-resolution digital archive. It was then re-materialised using 3D printing and CNC milling. The results were then thoroughly worked on by the workshop team, moulded and cast in a resin simulating the qualities of the original marble.
© a video by Óscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation


Recording the <i>Glosas Emilianenses</i> at the Real Academia de la Historia
Recording the Glosas Emilianenses at the Real Academia de la Historia

Factum Foundation is working with the Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla on the digitisation of the Glosas Emilianenses, in Madrid’s Real Academia de la Historia. The glossa (annotations) in the Codex Aemilianensis 60 manuscript are considered to be the earliest surviving Castilian-language text. During the first week of April, Factum Foundation recorded several pages of the Glosas Emilianenses in high resolution, photographing the colour and using the Lucida 3D Scanner for the surface. The aim of the project is to enable further philological investigation into the parts that, until now, have been proving more difficult to read.

Since the creation of Factum Foundation, the preservation of manuscripts has played an important part of our digitisation initiatives, from the recording of the Beato de Liébana at the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid to the world-class archive of more than 3000 Islamic manuscripts in Dagestan. This area of activity has also led Factum Arte’s technical and software engineering departments to develop several recording systems exclusively focussed on the recording of manuscripts, such as the photographic manuscript scanner or the portable manuscript scanner.

More on the project


Prêmio Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade 2020 webinar
Prêmio Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade 2020 webinar

The recreation of the Sacred Cave of Kamukuwaká was awarded with the Prêmio Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade 2020, organised by the Brazilian National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan) since 1987 for the dissemination of knowledge and intangible heritage.

Pirata Waurá presented the project on March 25 (8pm GMT) on occasion of the webinar which will go live on Iphan's Youtube channel.
Go to Iphan's Youtube channel


The <B>A</B>ALTO<B>S</B>IILO Project
The AALTOSIILO Project

Factum Foundation’s new project is the restoration and reuse of the Silo at the Toppila Pulp Mill (on the left of this image). Alvar and Aino Aalto's Silo was a woodchip store in a cellulose factory close to Oulu city centre, just south of the Arctic Circle.

We are working on ways to reuse the Silo as a creative research centre focused on the documentation of industrial buildings in northern Europe, on innovative technologies to record environmental change and research into sustainable materials including cellulose.

We are starting to assemble a group of friends of the AALTOSIILO project.
If you are interested in being part of this dynamic and rapidly-developing project please contact us at info@factumfoundation.org.


Recording and facsimile project for the Benaki Museum
Recording and facsimile project for the Benaki Museum

In honour of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Greek State, the Rothschild Foundation has commissioned a facsimile of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of John Capodistria, painted at the Congress of Vienna in 1818-19. The painting normally hangs in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, and forms part of the Royal Collection, and sits in the company of other major figures who participated in the remoulding of post-Napoleonic Europe.

With the generous collaboration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Collection, the portrait of John, Count Capo d'Istria (1776-1831) was recorded on 11th-12th and 19th August 2020 by a team from Factum Foundation at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, where it formed part of the Royal Collection exhibition ‘George IV Art and Spectacle’. It was then re-materialised as a facsimile in Factum Arte’s Madrid studios.

The facsimile will be presented in an early nineteenth-century English gilt frame and will be included in the exhibition ‘1821 Before and After’ at the Benaki Museum in Athens (dates to be announced).

More on the project


Four years ago in Luxor: Stoppelaëre House was opened as TNPI's training centre
Four years ago in Luxor: Stoppelaëre House was opened as TNPI's training centre

In February, four years ago, the director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled al-Anany opened the Stoppelaëre House Training Centre.

It was the first architectural restoration by Factum Foundation and it is currently being used as the 3D Scanning, Training and Archiving Centre for the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative.

The entirely Egyptian team, almost all from the West Bank in Luxor, will hopefully finish the complete recording of the tomb of Seti I this year.


Factum Foundation and RCU: current progress on recording Nabataean heritage in AlUla
Factum Foundation and RCU: current progress on recording Nabataean heritage in AlUla

Factum Foundation’s team is currently finishing the ground recording of the Nabataean heritage site of Hegra and the Dadanite site of Dadan, expecting to soon move to Jabal Ikmah and Abu Ud. Commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), this work is the largest high-resolution 3D recording project carried out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is aimed at producing 3D models that will prove essential for the dissemination, condition monitoring and conservation of the heritage landmarks and cultural legacy of the Nabataean, Dadanite and Lihyanite cultures in and around the AlUla oasis.

More on the project


Recording the <i>Young Knight in a Landscape</i> in the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Recording the Young Knight in a Landscape in the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum

Factum Foundation is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Spain, focused on the preservation, study and dissemination of the museum's collection through recording technologies. The first step of this collaboration will be the high-resolution recording in 3D and colour of Vittore Carpaccio's Young Knight in a Landscape (1510), one of the most celebrated works in the collection. As part of Factum Foundation's core principles, the museum will own the copyright on the data for all current and future applications.

The recording of Young Knight in a Landscape will take place at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in late March, in the same room where the painting is being cleaned and restored in full view of visitors, a great occasion to show the complex processes involved in the conservation of artworks. Visitors will be able to watch the entire recording process.


Tutankhamun 2022
Tutankhamun 2022

Next year is the hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and his team. Factum's 3D and colour data, recorded in 2009, is in demand and we are following instructions from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities about how to make the data accessible.

Our 3D-modelling team is currently working on a new 4K model of the tomb that will demonstrate the importance of high-resolution recording.

More on Factum's work on Tutankhamun


Recording the <i>Sacrifice at Lystra</i> tapestry in Mantua
Recording the Sacrifice at Lystra tapestry in Mantua

Between February 24th until the first week of March, a team from Factum Foundation has been recording the tapestry made after Raphael's Cartoon The Sacrifice at Lystra at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The recording, arranged with Arnold Nesselrath, is part of the ongoing research into the production of tapestries and the cartoons from which they were made.

The data from the high-resolution recording in 3D, colour and infrared of the Cartoons in 2019 was made public on the V&A's website a few weeks ago.

We hope the recording of the tapestry of the Sacrifice at Lystra in Mantua will launch a digital humanities research project in the relationship between the production of the cartoons and the production of the tapestries.


<i>Polittico Griffoni</i> facsimile to be installed in Bologna
Polittico Griffoni facsimile to be installed in Bologna

After the closing of the exhibition 'La riscoperta di un capolavoro' at Palazzo Fava, the facsimile of the Polittico Griffoni will remain in the city of Bologna and will be installed in Palazzo Pepoli. It will also return to the Basilica of San Petronio on the occasion of the city's patron saint day, in the Griffoni chapel for which the original was produced between 1471 and 1472, before it was removed in 1725, when the chapel was re-dedicated to the Aldrovandi family.

The project to record and replicate all the known panels, between 2012 and 2018, started as an initiative to return one of the masterpieces of the Bolognese Renaissance to the city. In October 2017, facsimiles of the sixteen panels were given to the Basilica of San Petronio. The exhibition organised in collaboration with Fabio Roversi Monaco and Genus Bononiae. Musei nella città was an extraordinary occasion to enable the reappraisal of the Renaissance altarpiece and to demonstrate how new technologies can help raise questions about originality and authenticity, offering new developments in curation and exhibition designs.


Installation of a Canon Elevated Printer in Factum's Madrid workshops
Installation of a Canon Elevated Printer in Factum's Madrid workshops

We are delighted to bring our collaboration with Canon Production Printing to the next level with the installation of an elevated printing system in our workshops in Madrid. Factum Arte and Factum Foundation have been working closely with Canon since 2015, applying their elevated printing technology to the reproduction of exact facsimiles using Factum’s approach to 3D scanning and colour management.

The new solution will enable us to use a Canon customised flatbed UV printer to print multiple stacked layers in Factum’s workshops, resulting in the re-creation of the surface of paintings that are accurate to a few microns.

More on Factum's 3D printing outputs


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