Berruguete's portrait of Cardinal Tavera

Recorded at the Hospital de Tavera, Toledo, 2019
Facsimile for the Spanish Gallery, Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland, UK

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In addition to creating Cardinal Tavera’s death mask and sepulchre, Alonso Berruguete painted a portrait of the deceased cardinal on marble. This is on display in the archive of the Hospital de Tavera, within an ornate wooden frame above the door to the room.

A team from Factum Foundation recorded the painting’s relief using the Lucida 3D Scanner (designed by the artist and engineer Manuel Franquelo with the support of Factum Foundation and Factum Arte), which had to be built up to its maximum height in order to reach the surface. Colour was recorded using panoramic photography. This recorded data will remain the property of the Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli.

The Fundación has given permission for a facsimile of the painting to be made for the Spanish Gallery at the Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland, UK. This will be produced using the elevated printing techniques employed by Canon Production Printing, casting in acrylic-reinforced gesso, and inkjet colour printing from Factum’s unique flatbed printer, which is able to print multiple layers of colour in perfect registration.

The portrait above the door to the archive of the Hospital de Tavera © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation

© Óscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation

Osama Dawod and Carlos Bayod assembling the Lucida Scanner © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation

The Lucida Scanner built up to its full height © Carlos Bayod for Factum Foundation

Recording the portrait with the Lucida Scanner © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation

Matching the colour, printed on acetate, with the surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Printed colour tests © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Printing the colour over the surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

The white 3D printed surface of the painting © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

The finished facsimile in Factum Foundation's workshop © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Finished facsimile © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation


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