3D Imaging of Cultural Heritage

In celebration of British Science Week (11-20 March), we are highlighting some heritage science projects, news, and topics that may be of interest.

Today, we are highlighting a project “3D Models for Cultural Heritage: Beyond Plain Visualization” that focuses on the use of 3D techniques to aid in the reconstruction and restoration of a terracotta sculpture damaged during an earthquake in central Italy. While the project was from a few years back (2011), it is a great example of the use of 3D imaging technologies especially as they become more routinely incorporated in research and conservation of heritage objects and materials.

  • Video: https://youtu.bea/VVmVTrtx-wo
  • Online Article: “3D Models for Cultural Heritage: Beyond Plain Visualization
  • Journal of Cultural Heritage Article:

    Arbace, Lucia, Elisabetta Sonnino, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, Matteo Fabbri, Antonio Iaccarino Idelson, and Roberto Scopigno. 2013. “Innovative Uses of 3D Digital Technologies to Assist the Restoration of a Fragmented Terracotta Statue.” Journal of Cultural Heritage 14 (4). Elsevier Masson SAS: 332–45. doi:10.1016/j.culher.2012.06.008.


“Jackson Pollock: Alchemy in 3D” is a more recent project conducted by the same research group, the Visual Computing Lab at the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “A. Faedo” of the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa, Italy. This project includes the 3D scanning of one of Jackson Pollock’s paintings to measure, study, and analyse the painted surface as part of an exhibition, “Alchemy by Jackson Pollock. Discovering the Artist at Work” in Venice (2015).

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