Great Art Deserves to Live Forever

Arianna Dormiente (Sleeping Arianna), a second-century Roman sculpture, is part of the Uffizi Gallery Collection in Florence, Italy, to be digitized in 3-D. Photo: IU Communications
Arianna Dormiente (Sleeping Arianna), a second-century Roman sculpture, is part of the Uffizi Gallery Collection in Florence, Italy, to be digitized in 3-D. Photo courtesy of IU Communications.

Thanks to IU’s Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, it can.

The Laboratory recently partnered with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, to create high-resolution 3-D digital models of 1,250 Uffizi sculptures. The models include some of the most admired pieces in the history of art—like the Medici Venus, the Medici Faun, and the Ariadne—and will be freely available to the public online by 2020.

Ancient art, rendered eternal…thanks to the help of IU.


This article was originally published in the fall 2016 issue of Imagine magazine.

Written By
Ryan Millbern