The Crucifixion by the Master of the Lindau Lamentation

Museum Catharijne Convent, Utrecht

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Detail of the surface of the panel © courtesy of Museum Catharijne Convent

In collaboration with the Museum Catharijne Convent, Utrecht University, Leiden University and Technische Universiteit Delft, the Factum Foundation will carry out a non-contact, high-resolution 3D and colour recording of the Crucifixion (ca. 1425) by the Master of the Lindau Lamentation, on the 8th and 9th July 2021.

The Gothic panel depicting the crucifixion of Christ, featuring the Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle, was discovered in poor condition after having been kept in the museum depot for decades. Whilst the work has been cleaned of dirt and yellowing varnish, past retouches and darkened overlays have resulted in uncertainty of the panels original colouring which must be verified prior to completing restoration.

In support of the panel’s accurate depiction, the Factum Foundation will carry out a two-phase scanning process to document in detail the painting's condition. First, the panel will be recorded using the Lucida 3D scanner, developed by the Factum Foundation to obtain high resolution data of the front of the panel, to detect its shape and texture. The Foundation will then conduct a colour scan of the work using panoramic composite photography.

The digital data obtained from the scans will be processed at the Factum Foundation in Madrid to generate a multi-layered view of the painting as a starting point for an experimental process of digital restoration (in collaboration with experts) and future creation of a physical facsimile of the digitally restored version, that could be placed beside the original at the Museum Catharijne Convent in Utrecht. 

The Crucifixion will be scanned by Carlos Bayod (Lucida 3D Scanner) and Gabriel Scarpa (panoramic composite photography) of the Factum Foundation, with the assistance of Celestia Anstruther. The team will also discuss the technology during an online symposium organised by the Catharijne Convent and TU Delft University to show the importance of high-resolution digitisation in heritage preservation and conservation.

Recording the colour using composite photography © Factum Foundation

Master of the Lindau Lamentation, Crucifixion, ca. 1425, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht


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