The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing all social venues – including museums and exhibits – to close their doors to slow down the virus’ diffusion. For the Raffello exhibit, which marks the 500-year anniversary of famous Italian painter’s death, Factum Arte created the spectacular starting point of the exhibition: a 3D printed replica, in part of Raffaello’s tomb from the Pantheon, with its 19th-century additions removed.
From an article in 3D Printing Media Network.
This event – set to take place at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, was closed due to the coronavirus crisis in Italy. “This anticlimax, after months of work, is hard to accept but the disappointment was tempered by the arrival of the first copies of The Aura In the Age of Digital Materiality, Rethinking preservation in the shadow of an uncertain future,” Adam Lowe Director of Factum Arte said in a statement: “With all that is happening, the subtitle of this publication seems very timely – he added.”
The Raffaello exhibition was curated by Marzia Faietti and Matteo Lanfranconi, with contributions from Vincenzo Farinella and Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro and the supervision of Sylvia Ferino-Pagden as President of the scientific committee. Raffaello looks in depth at the artist’s life, his diverse works of art and his wide-ranging influence: more than 200 artworks, 100 of them by Raphael, were loaned from all over the world.
In the past, Factum Arte has recreated incredible works of art such as Tutankhamo’s Tomb or Piranesi’s impossible furniture items, using advanced technologies including laser sintering and stereolithography. This ambitious project to accurately reproduce Raphael’s tomb has involved many people in Factum working together on different stages of the process. Moulders, casters, artists, welders, sculptors and conservators have pushed the limits of 3D recording, laser scanning, composite photography, digital modeling, engineering, 3D printing, CNC milling, and multi-layered color printing. Interdisciplinary practice, teamwork, knowledge and skill characterized Raphael’s studio in the Renaissance – a similar atmosphere pervades Factum’s workshops now.
They are truly the masters of this kind of work.
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