Lucida Lab Milano: tecnologie digitali per la documentazione, conservazione e tutela delle opere d’arte

On 10 March 2015, at the offices of Open Care at the Frigoriferi Milanesi, Lucida Lab Milano, the laboratory of high digital technology equipped with a high resolution Lucida 3D scanner was introduced. Born out of the collaboration between the Madrid based Factum Foundation, dedicated to the development and use of digital recording technologies, and Open Care, the new laboratory promises to be a great opportunity for all the operators in Cultural Heritage and for the owners of art works.

During the meeting, there was an analysis of the potential of the Lucida 3D scanner, developed by the artist and engineer Manuel Franquelo to permit the non-invasive digitisation of the surface of art works such as paintings, bas-reliefs and fabrics with a very high quality of data acquisition and return. This type of investigation can support authentication verifications, the monitoring of the state of conservation and identification of the conditions of the work before, during and after shipping or restoration, and for archiving practices.                                              

During the presentation, some interventions of great scientific and documentary value were illustrated, created thanks to the application of the Lucida 3D scanner in synergy with some of the most important Italian and international cultural institutions, amongst which are the Prado Museum, the National Gallery, the Pinacoteca Vaticana, the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

Taking part in the presentation were: Elisabetta Galasso, Open Care CEO, Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Director of Open Care’s Conservation and Restoration department, Adam Lowe, Director of Factum Arte and Founding Member of Factum FoundationCarlos Bayod Lucini, Lucida 3D scanner Development Manager, Guendalina Damone, Lucida Lab Milano Manager.