Exhibition display for the Spanish Gallery

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The exhibition display curated by Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña for the Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland is taking shape. It will incorporate a new collection of facsimiles, made expressly for the gallery, that will benefit both the collection at Bishop Auckland and the collections in Spain who have generously collaborated.

The aim is to provide an insight into the dynamic and vibrant creativity that produced the Zurbarán paintings acquired by Bishop Trevor in 1756.

Between 2018 and 2020, in collaboration with the Fundación 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 other elements.

The recordings were carried out in: 

  • Hermandad de la Santa Caridad, Sevilla
  • Casa de Mesa, Toledo
  • Casa de Pilatos, Sevilla 
Casa de Pilatos, Seville

Eduardo Lopez recording the colour information of the ceramic tiles with panoramic composite photography © Factum Foundation

The Lucida 3D Scanner recording the 3D information of the tiles © Factum Foundation

Eduardo Lopez recording the colour information of the ceramic tiles with panoramic composite photography © Factum Foundation

© Factum Foundation

The elevated printing technology by Canon Production Printing and Factum's expertise in printing the colour were essential in recreating the surface detail of the cuenca and cuerda seca-style Renaissance tiles that decorate the walls of Casa de Pilatos. The first recording was done in 2018 as part of a project carried out with the students of Columbia University.

The facsimile of the tiles in Casa Pilatos © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Test for one of the tiles © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Test for one of the tiles during varnishing © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Test for one of the tiles (detail) © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Test for one of the tiles (detail) © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte


Casa de Mesa, Toledo

By merging 3D recording, 3D modelling, virtual simulation, architectural details and craftsmanship, the ceilings that will be installed in the rooms of the Spanish Gallery revisit the relationship between Islamic, Christian and Jewish influcences on Spanish interior design.

Part of the ceiling was recorded using photogrammetry and panoramic composite photography at Casa de Mesa, in Toledo, and have been recreated in Factum Arte's workshop by a team of artisans and artists. 

Gabriel Scarpa recording the wooden ceiling using photogrammetry © Factum Foundation

Gabriel Scarpa recording the wooden ceiling using photogrammetry © Factum Foundation

Detail of the wooden ceiling © Factum Foundation

Detail of the wooden ceiling © Factum Foundation

Detail of the wooden ceiling at Casa de Mesa © Factum Foundation

One of the ceiling sections (cut in plywood) before painting © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Fitting the painted wooden elements in the structure © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Painted wooden details © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Detail of the wooden ceiling ©Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation

Painted wooden details with some of the printed tiles © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation


We thank Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica (CEEH), Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Hermandad de la Santa Caridad, the Museo Naval and others for their collaboration in making this work possible.

Architectural team: Adam Lowe, Charlotte Skene Catling de la Peña, Carlos Bayod Lucini, Francesco Cigognetti, Casilda Ybarra

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