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IU To 3-D Map Greek, Roman Art At Italian Museum

  • Shooting of the Fauno Danzante and the Hermaphrodite sculpture with photogrammetric targets

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Shooting of the Fauno Danzante and the Hermaphrodite sculpture with photogrammetric targets

  • The working team in front of the Fauno Danzante and the Hermaphrodite sculpture during the remote shooting session .

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    The working team in front of the Fauno Danzante and the Hermaphrodite sculpture during the remote shooting session .

  • Photogrammetric shooting

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Photogrammetric shooting

  • Shooting of the medicean vase and related photogrammetric targets from the top of a scaffholding.

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Shooting of the medicean vase and related photogrammetric targets from the top of a scaffholding.

Indiana University is giving the public a way to visit famous works of Greek and Roman art in 3-D without leaving their homes.

A partnership between Indiana University and Florence Italy’s Uffizi Gallery Museum includes a plan to create 3-D digital collections online of over 1,000 classical sculptures dating back to the 15th century.

IU President Michael McRobbie and Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt met in Florence, Italy to discuss the new partnership Wednesday.

The Indiana University Virtual World Heritage Laboratory will be in charge of the digitization project. Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Mark Land says the lab uses the practice of 3-D digital tools to discover news ways of viewing artifacts and cultures.

“There is a lot of what goes on in informatics by applying technology in a variety of ways, this preservation of artifacts if you will. Art, work, and knowledge is just an extension of that,” Land says.

UCLA was the first university in the world to create a lab that uses 3-D computer simulating for technological artifact transformations.

  • Cloud of colored spots used to create the final 3D model

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Cloud of colored spots used to create the final 3D model

  • Main focus points on the scene used to create the automatic positioning of the images

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Main focus points on the scene used to create the automatic positioning of the images.

  • Position of the photo in the cloud used to generate the 3D model

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    Photo: Courtesy Gallerie Degli Uffizi, IU

    Position of the photo in the cloud used to generate the 3D model.

Director of IU’s Virtue World Heritage Laboratory Bernard Frischer is the head of the project. Frischer’s experience in classics history, informatics, and archaeology will guide the digital art project forward

“He uses this in his teaching, he has students that help with him on these things” Land says, “It is very much his work and so it is very much a part of our mission here [Indiana University] from a technological perspective.”

The Uffizi Gallery Museum contains mainly Renaissance pieces by famous artists including Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci. The gallery is a world renowned Italian museum containing the third biggest group of Greek and Roman art.

The digitization project will begin immediately and will be ready for the public’s use in time for IU’s bicentennial in 2020.

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