Scanning Raphael drawings
at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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A series of eight original drawings by Raphael, including The Holy family with Lamb, were recorded with the Lucida 3D scanner in 2015 at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. This is the first time high resolution texture data could be obtained from these drawings' flat surface and made it easy, therefore, to detect pouncing marks along the drawn lines. Different rendering modes were used to highlight these details, which contour the work’s main figures. Furthermore, conservators at the Ashmolean Museum are able to check, modify and add their own layers of information to this data through the use of Factum Foundation’s online multilayer browser. This is an ongoing research project which will encourage the spread of knowledge and the dissemination of the importance of influential works of art.

Lucida 3D scanner recording the relief of one of the drawings.

Raphael, The Holy family with Lamb, 27.5 x 22.7 cm, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

3D data of Raphael’s The Holy Family with Lamb, obtained with the Lucida 3DScanner. The ‘Specular Enhancement Render’ mode has been used in this image to increase the subtle relief of the drawing.

[L] Color and 3D data of Raphael's The Holy Family with Lamb obtained with Lucida. The pouncing marks that follow the contour lines of the drawing can be highlighted using different rendering modes.



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