Centre for Digital Humanities


Seminar: 3D scanning & 3D printing for art historical research and museum presentation

Date(s) - 29-11-2022
15:30 - 17:00

Auditorium Museum Lakenhal, Leiden

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development, a collaboration of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, organises a seminar on ‘3D scanning & 3D printing for art historical research and museum presentation’. 

Enlarged eye of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665), 3D printed

Currently, 3D scanning and 3D technologies (e.g. 3D printing, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality) are becoming increasingly used within the art field, specifically within art conservation and research. However, the use of 3D printing for art historical research and museum presentation has remained unexplored. 3D printing’s possibilities go further than 1-to-1 reproduction for it also provides the opportunity to manipulate the scanned information, for example by enlarging sections of an artwork or by reconstructing what an artwork must have looked like. Additionally, for the first time, it could be possible to touch artworks, creating an entirely new experience and way of interpreting works of art. This undeniably changes the experience of the original artwork and raises questions about the technology’s significance for art historical interpretation, museum presentation and the relationship between the artwork and the viewer.

The aim of this event is to forge a bridge between different disciplines and stakeholders by sharing the possibilities and considerations of both the technological as well as the ethical side of 3D scanning and reproducing artworks.

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