Raphael's Birthplace Exhibit 3D Printed Head

June 29 2021

Image of Raphael's Birthplace Exhibit 3D Printed Head

Picture: ansa.it

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Urbino that a 3D printed bust of Raphael, digitally reconstructed from a plaster cast of his skull, has been put on display in the artist's birthplace. This image was born out of a project initiated by scientists from the Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2019. The 'likeness' is now on view, protected by a glass case, within the painter's childhood rooms.


I've said it before - If this bust teaches us anything, it is that man's ability to render a convincing human face has actually regressed since the sixteenth century. Furthermore, could they have picked a more lifeless material of which to fashion this head out of?

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