Valdés Leal, Finis Gloriae Mundi (right) and In Ictu Oculi (left), 1671-72
The interior of the Hospital de la Caridad © Factum Foundation
In July 2020, a team of experts from Factum Foundation travelled to Seville to record two paintings by Valdés Leal: In Ictu Oculi and Finis Gloriae Mundi. This was done in collaboration with the Real Hermandad de la Santa Caridad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, in the Church of San Jorge.
The high-resolution recording in 3D and colour was carried out with the aim of rematerialising and disseminating the importance of both paintings by Valdés Leal, in the form of exact facsimiles made at Factum's workshops. The high-resolution surface data was recorded using the Lucida 3D Scanner, while the colour was recorded with panoramic composite photography and the frames using close-range photogrammetry.
2022 will also be the 400th anniversary of the birth of the major Spanish Baroque painter. After a previous collaboration on two of Murillo's masterpieces in 2018, Factum Foundation and the Real Hermandad de la Santa Caridad are looking into collaborating with key international institutions which are dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Spanish Art, with the aim of celebrating the importance of La Caridad's unique artistic and cultural assets.
The Lucida 3D Scanner recording Finis Gloriae Mundi © Factum Foundation
Belén Jimenez recording Finis Gloriae Mundi with the Lucida 3D Scanner © Factum Foundation
Once the colour and 3D surface data were processed, the creation of Valdés Leal's facsimiles began: the colour information was printed over the 3D surface, created using elevated printing technology, and applied over a canvas support.
The facsimiles will be part of the exhibition display at the new Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland.
Examining the 3D printed relief surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
Making the mould of the 3D printed surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
Rafa Rachewsky and Teresa Casado checking the registration of the colour on the 3D surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
Colour layer applied to the 3D surface © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
Detail of the colour checking process with the acetate sheet (right) © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
The colour data printed on acetate to ensure the precise registration of pigment with the surface relief © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
Adam Lowe varnishing the facsimile of Finis Gloriae Mundi in the final phases of production © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
The final facsimile of Finis Gloriae Mundi © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
The final facsimile of In Ictu Oculi © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Foundation
In collaboration with: Real Hermandad de la Santa Caridad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo