An iconic Italian statue, La Madonna di Pietranico, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2009. Conservators harnessed the power of technology to scan fragments from the statue and piece together a virtual reconstruction from the jigsaw puzzle of remains. Using this knowledge they could then undertake the difficult task of rebuilding the statue of the Madonna and repairing its surface. The 3D scans helped to analyse traces of the original layers of colour, while 3D models provided shape and form for the creation of new internal supports. Working together, conservators and technologists achieved a remarkable restoration.


3D-COFORM promotes state-of-the-art 3D tools and expertise within the cultural heritage sector, and unites specialists from across Europe.

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Prof David Arnold, University of Brighton

20 September 2013



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European Association of Archaeologists, 19th annual meeting

September 4th - September 8th, 2013, Pilsen, Czech Republic


Lucca Beni Culturali

October 11th - October 19th, 2013

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The 2013 International Congress on Digital Heritagenal

October 28th - November 1st, 2013, Marseille, France

Museums Association Conference

November 11th - November 12th, 2013, Liverpool, Great Britain

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