Experience and Challenges in 3D Digital Documentation of Frescoed Walls and Ceilings from Images

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ConferenceKeynote paper at the Second Canada-Italy Workshop on 3DDigital Imaging and Modeling, May 17-18, 2005., Padua, Italy
Subject3D model; texture mapping; photo-realism; rendering; visualization; cultural heritage
AbstractIn this paper we report on our experience in creating photo-realistic virtual environments of frescoed surfaces to allow scientists, conservationists, historians, and tourists to closely study important frescoes at high level of details. In addition to allowing unlimited virtual access, this will also protect the frescoes from the damage that can be caused by opening the site to a large number of visitors. We address the main challenges associated with photo-realism or texture quality, and real-time interactive visualization and discuss available solutions. Where no effective solutions existed, we had to develop our own techniques. As case studies, we present results of modeling and visualization of two sites, both located at Buonconsiglio castle, one of the most important castles in Trentino in northern Italy. The first is the frescoed walls “Cycle of the Months”, a major masterpieces of international Gothic art that was painted around 1400. The second is the Gothic-Venetian Romanino loggia, named after the artist Girolamo Romanino (1484-1562) who decorated the ceiling and walls of the loggia, as well as the adjacent corridors, with remarkable frescoes in 1531.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number48226
NPARC number8914389
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