David by Michelangelo in 3D, Between Historical Memory and Technological Innovation

David by Michelangelo in 3D, Between Historical Memory and Technological Innovation
#Art

Revealed last April 27th, the 3D reproduction of the David by Michelangelo is camped out inside the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2020. It is the heart of the “Theatre of Memory”, an octagonal space structured in such a way to allow one to admire the work from various angles and even look it in the eyes. The original, one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, is inside the Museum of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. From there began this process of reproduction, one of a kind, which involved a team of technicians and researchers from the academic and industrial world. A technically complicated endeavour, particularly considering the dimensions of Michelangelo’s statue, 520 centimetres high, including the 108 centimetre base. The work was carried out in various phases. From the complete digitalisation of the statue, followed by, thanks to the use of the latest 3D printer technology, its duplication in recycled resin. Then a team of restorers stepped in, coating the work with Carrara marble dust to give it back its original “skin” and signs of age. An operation in which the most innovative technologies met with the most advanced artisan handiwork.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Resort Dubai