Indiana University Developing New Way to View Uffizi Sculptures

The Indiana University Virtual World Heritage Laboratory has partnered with Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi to render 3-D digital models of more than 1,200 sculptures currently held in the museum’s vast collection. 

The goal of the initiative, spearheaded by the World Heritage Laboratory’s Directos Bernard Frischer and Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt, is to allow unprecedented access to these works, particularly for those who cannot travel to Florence to view them in person. As Indiana University President Michael McRobbie commented: 

“This is a historic and hugely ambitious project, one that will generate unparalleled opportunities for scholarly engagement with one of the greatest cultural institutions in the world and its legendary collections.” 

Work has already begun, and the team hopes to complete their digitization by 2020. 

For more on this exciting endeavor, please see: 

Emma Creekbaum, “IU to 3-D Map Greek, Roman Art at Italian Museum” (Indiana Public Media, 26 May, 2016). 

Alex Brown, “IU Partners with Italian Museum” (Inside Indiana Business (26 May, 2016)

Dancing Faun and Hermaphrodite with photogrammetric markers , Galleria degli Uffizi. 

Digital prototype of 3D model of Dancing Faun and Hermaphrodite

(Images courtesy of Indiana Public Media/Galleria degli Uffizi). 

Posted by Alexis Culotta 

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