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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 have 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.

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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.


European Union conference in Toledo: Cultural Heritage and conflict resolution
European Union conference in Toledo: Cultural Heritage and conflict resolution

Factum Foundation is working with the European Commission, Aliph, the Aga Khan Foundation and other cultural foundations, institutes and agencies to organise a conference in Toledo in June 2021 about heritage documentation, preservation and conflict resolution.

This International Conference is to discuss and promote the European Union’s new policy on heritage documentation as part of conflict resolution. This represents a significant change in the approach to the preservation of cultural heritage. The conference will acknowledge the importance of the training and the transfer of both skills and technologies to local communities, as a peace-building tool.


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).

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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.

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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


Ceilings for the Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland
Ceilings for the Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland

By merging 3D recording, 3D modelling, virtual simulation, architectural details and craftsmanship, we are revisiting the relationship between Islamic, Christian and Jewish influcences on Spanish interior design.

The workshops are filled with a variety of ceilings that will form part of the exhibition display at Bishop Auckland. After months of work, the four complete ceilings will be leaving Madrid in a few days to be installed in the Spanish Galleries in the north-east of England.

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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.


Premio a la Promoción y difusión Cultural 2020
Premio a la Promoción y difusión Cultural 2020

We are delighted to have been awarded the Premio a la Promoción y difusión Cultural 2020-21 offered by the Museo Liceo Egipcio in Léon, Spain.

'MLE Award for Cultural Promotion and Diffusion: Since its creation in 2001 by the hand of artists, technicians and curators, and through its offices in Madrid, Milan and London, Factum Foundation has created an innovative approach in the fields of conservation and dissemination of artistic works through design of equipment and software and its implementation in numerous projects of different periods and characteristics. The digital information obtained from their works has been used for the documentation, monitoring and production of 2D and 3D facsimiles, which reproduce the complex surface and characteristics of the original works. Among his projects we can mention his scanning work in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt or his digitization of 'The Wedding at Cana' of Veronese, among many others that were successfully completed.' (from the MLE website)

Our work in the Valley of the Kings through the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Basel, is demonstrating what new technologies can do for the preservation of cultural heritage. We wish to thank our Egyptian team, with everyone from Luxor and the West Bank except Aliaa Ismail, originally from Cairo, which is working on the recording in high resolution of the tomb of Seti I and all its fragments.


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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