3D scanning Artwork: “La caduta degli angeli ribelli – The Fall of the Rebel Angels”
May 23, 2016 in Case study
On May, 10th the professor Matteo Turchetto, Industrial Engineering teacher at the University of Padova (Università degli Studi di Padova), in collaboration with Francesco Guerra, professor of the Architecture, Building and Preservation department of the IUAV college of Venice, made with their staff a 3D scan of the eighteenth-century statue “The Fall of the Rebel Angels”.
The majestic marble statue created by Agostino Fasolato is one of the most important artwork of the venetian art and it’s located in Vicenza, at the Intesa San Paolo Museum, Gallerie d’italia of the Leoni Montinari Palace.
The 3D Scanned Masterpiece
“The Fall of the Rebel Angels” by Agostino Fasolato is a sculpture from the eighteenth-century. It’s extremely high, almost 2mt and it consists of a pyramid of sixty human figures obtained from a unique marble block of Carrara. On the top there is the Archangel Gabriel that, according to the religious tradition, was one of the advocate of the expulsion of the rebel angels from paradise and their fall down to hell.
The statue is an intricate composition of bodies that seems to recreate the shape of the infernal flames. The fallen angels are, indeed, shown in the moment of their permutation into demons. This sophisticated opera shows a great technical virtuosity of the author. It’s interesting especially because it’s extremely different and original compared to the other sculptures of the same period.
3D Scanning Artwork
The 3D scan of the statue has been done using an Artec Eva 3D Scanner (distributed in Italy by 3DZ). Artec 3D Scanners are a family of three-dimensional scanners easy to transport, easy to use and very handy. They are particularly suitable in situations with logistics difficulties, as in Museums, where it’s not always possible to move the objects from the windows or put them in the ideal scanning position.
In addition to these qualities there is the high 3D scanning speed, which in this case made possible to digitalize the finding in a few minutes: the scanner essentially behaves like a 3D camera that captures three-dimensional shapes by simply filming an object with the device. In fact, the software, provided together with these systems, can recognize the geometry of the solid and automatically align the 3D images detected without the use of any kind of marker.
Another interesting feature is the ability to capture simultaneously both the shape and the colors of the scanned object. This will automatically produce a texture to apply to three-dimensional model, getting a virtual model identical to the original one and absolutely realistic.
In conclusion, in a few minutes and in an easy way, it was possible to get an incredibly accurate detection of the finding, in scale and with an high definition coloured texture, ready to be published on-line or to be 3D printed in a format that ensures to everybody the accessibility of the work.
3DZ, our engagement on cultural heritage preservation
3DZ counts important collaborations in the Cultural Heritage Preservation sector, as the one with the cultural association 3D Lab, that sustains the project 3D Archeolab, a project born to enhance the cultural heritage of museums relying on innovative technologies. In this article we said about a project to realize with 3D printed reproductions a museal tactile path for blind people and visually impaired.
Not just 3D scanning artwork, then. Thanks to the solutions offered by the 3D printing, scanning and modeling, is now possible to really guarantee the accessibility of the collections, allowing to have a digital version of the art works and create a perfect reproduction.