The marble sculpture Adam by Tullio Lombardo (ca. 1455–1532) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen to the public on November 11 after a catastrophic accident in 2002 and an unusual 12-year conservation project. It is the most important Italian Renaissance sculpture in North America and the first life-size nude marble statue since antiquity. Tullio carved adam in the early 1490s for Doge Andrea Vendramin’s massive tomb, which is now housed in the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice. It is the solely signed sculpture from that landmark monument. Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A Masterpiece Restored, the premiere installation in the Museum’s new Venetian Sculpture Gallery, will focus on the sculpture and its restoration.
1. The Situation Of The Adam Statue
The life-size marble statue carved by Tullio Lombardo during the Renaissance period. It was created in the early 1490s but was severely damaged in a 2002 accident at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It collapsed and shattered into several pieces. Engineers restored the figure to its previous state after a 12-year repair operation. The use of 3D scanning to capture data from the broken fragments of the sculpture and plan a virtual restoration of the statue was a vital aspect of this.
2. 3D Scanner Make Things Easier
The restoration began with digitizing the fractured shards, which was accomplished by 3D scanning each piece. There were 28 primary shards and 400 minor bits. The restoration team reconstructed the parts into a 3D model once all components were digitally restored.
Although accurate realignment of the pieces was impossible, a reverse image was created from the entire 3D digital model, allowing a CNC mill to make a foam cradle for the repair. The scan data was then utilized to produce a 3D CAD model of “Virtual Adam” to guide the actual restoration of the real Adam statue.
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