Royal Museum of Art and History in 3D-Icons

The Royal Museums for Art and History (RMAH) form a scientific research institute with several museums located in the city of Brussels. The museums contain the biggest and the most divers Art and History collections in Belgium. A large collection of objects from the beginning of human culture to the present day, coming from 5 continents of the World, make up an impressive collection of treasures.  A staff of 350 curates the collection. The RMAH produce approx. 5 exhibitions per year.

19th century artist's impression of the Royal Museum, Brussels

Artists impression of the museum at the end of the 19th century

The museums have their origin in the 15th – 17th century, when diplomatic gifts were put on display at the Royal Arsenal in Brussels.  Since then, with 1835 as a catalyst year, the collections grew larger in numbers and variety. Round the turn of the 19th century the museum as we know it today was built in the Jubilee Park.

Today, although the public is invited to visit its collections and the museum is a “must” for schools, it is primarily a research institute which main functions are scientific research, collection management and preservation.

Digitisation is therefore considered as one of the core tasks of the museum and in this, the museum has developed the necessary competences and experiences by participating in a number of European projects (e.g. ATHENA, Musical Instruments Museums Online (MIMO), Linked Heritage, Partage Plus, Europeana Inside, and 3D-Icons) on digitisation in 2D and 3D,metadata standards, interoperability of database systems, and Semantic Web repositories. 

The Greek collections within the Royal Museums of Arts and History are part of the Antiquity department, which also includes the Roman,Egyptian, the Near East and Iranian collections.  The Greek collections is known for the vases and statues, but also contains a variety of other objects.

Of parts of these collections KMKG will produce 3D objects.This will be achieved mainly by means of photogrammetry, similar to the techniques described in the article by Politecnico di Milano .