Riannodare passato e presente con le foto d’archivio. Ricostruzione della chiesa delle Stimmate di Palermo

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Abstract

Perspective restitution has rarely been used in researches aiming at the reconstruction of past monuments and urban contexts from old photos, due to the approximation that affected the process of restitution with pens and rulers. Digital drawing tools decidedly reduce the approximation and allow a straight 3D reconstruction of buildings displayed in a single photographic image.The chosen case study is the church of the Stimmate in Palermo, demolished at the end of the 19th century for the construction of the Massimo theater, the lyric theatre of Palermo. The church was decorated with valuable stucco sculptures that were saved from demolition and are now exhibited at the oratory of the Bianchi in Palermo.Three low-quality photos show the stucco sculptures in their original arrangement around two facing niches of the nave, close to the entrance.Perspective restitution and the survey of the sculptures allowed the 3D reconstruction of the niches with the stucco sculptures.Further images and surveys led to the reconstruction of the façade of the church with the annexed monastery and of a nearby city gate that was demolished at the same time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-180
Number of pages12
JournalDISEGNO
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Architecture
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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