Young Knight in a Landscape

Vittore Carpaccio
1510
Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid
May 2021

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The original painting on display in Room 11 of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, undergoing cleaning and restoration © Hélène Despléchin

As part of a new collaboration between the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Factum Foundation, our experts just completed the recording of the Young Knight in a Landscape (1510) by Vittore Carpaccio, painter of the Venetian School. The painting, one of the most celebrated works in the museum’s collection, underwent a cleaning and restoration process and will form part of the exhibition ‘Carpaccio’s Knight: Restoration and technical study’ (17 May - 1 November 2021). If considered a portrait, the painting is the first known example in Western painting in which the sitter is depicted full-length. 

Working closely with the Thyssen-Bornemizsa’s conservation team, who showed great interest in pushing the analysis of the painting further using Factum’s high-resolution recording methods, the Young Knight in a Landscape was digistised in 3D and colour in May 2021, along with its frame. The surface and colour data are in the process of being merged by a team of 2D and 3D specialists in Factum’s studios. 

The Lucida 3D Scanner recording the surface of Young Knight in a Landscape © Gabriel Scarpa for Factum Foundation

The Lucida 3D Scanner recording the surface of Young Knight in a Landscape © Gabriel Scarpa for Factum Foundation

This will result in the production of a digital multi-layered viewer, which will act as a ‘digital passport’ of Carpaccio’s painting, providing information on its material state at the highest degree of accuracy. The dataset will be handed over to the museum’s team and will serve as a point of reference for any current and future analysis and research, while the museum will retain full ownership of the data recorded by Factum Foundation.


 

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