David di Donatello

David di Donatello

Digitisation of the statue utilising a Minolta VI 910 close range scanner on a scaffold platform

Location: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy

Institute: ISTI-CNR

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Marble statue of King David, with the head of Goliath at his feet. The statue is a renaissance masterpiece, and it is one of the earliest work of Donatello. The 3D scanning has been carried out to create a replica for a temporary exposition, since moving the artefact is not possible.

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Close Range Laser Triangulation The size of the object (human scale) required a level of detail between 1mm and 0.3mm, good enough for documentation and physical reproduction, not necessary for study of minute details. Ability to work on scaffolding and to move around the statue easily.

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Nikon D800E

Modelling Software

Modelling Software


Model usU

Model Use

It is not available to the public, only for research purposes, after agreement with superintendence.


Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline
  • Planning
  • On-ÿeld acquisition
  • Range scan alignment
  • Range scan merging
  • Hole filling
  • Final mesh optimization / cleaning / decimation
  • Photographic alignment and colour mapping

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

3D HOP - only tool able to cope with the high-resolution model.


Licence for Dataset
Creative Commons

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives.