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The frescoes of the rock-cut church of Lama D’Antico at Fasano.

Virtual restoration 2. The frescoes of the rock-cut church of Lama D’Antico at Fasano.

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This second book of the "Virtual Restoration" series stands as a natural, or philological, continuation of the previous volume Virtual restoration 1. Paintings and Mosaics published in 2017. In the first book, in fact, the general issue of virtual restoration applied to pictorial and mosaic surfaces was presented through 38 case studies that dealt with specific problems: from surveying to the representation of surfaces, from degradation mapping to color analysis, from lacunae treatment to virtual reconstruction, up to surface diagnostic analysis and stylistic restoration.
This second volume, instead, is the result of a research conducted for several years within the rock-cut church of Lama d'Antico at Fasano (Puglia, Italy) and aims to illustrate all the applications used in the field of virtual pictorial restoration in a single context.
This research has allowed not only to reconstruct the frescoes in a virtual environment, through the creation of the first part of the Virtual Museum of Rock Churches in the area of Fasano (known as Lama D'Antico Experience), but also to review the iconography of the same frescoes by providing, thanks to the possibilities offered today by the Information and Comucation Technologies (ICT), new interpretations for the study of medieval painting in Puglia.

Massimo Limoncelli, archaeologist, teaches Virtual Archeology at University of Palermo. He collaborates in excavation and restoration works with Italian (CNR-Ibam, University of Salento, Calabria, Bari, Naples, Venice) and foreigner research institutes (Deutsches Archaologisches Institut Rom, University of Zurich, Institute of Fine Arts of New York, University of Texas); he has conducted research in Virtual Archeology in the eastern Mediterranean, in particular in Hierapolis of Frigia (Turkey) and Dime (Egypt), and in Italy Rome, Selinunte, Metaponto. He has been researching for some years the virtual restoration of archaeological frescoes, especially on medieval frescoes preserved in the rock churches of Puglia and Basilicata.

Maria Potenza, freelance archaeologist, art historian and restorer, in partnership with Massimo Limoncelli has carried out several projects and researches in the field of virtual restoration, including the ones applied to some rock churches of Puglia (i.e. Lama d'Antico in Fasano - Brindisi, Santa Croce in Andria, Santa Cecilia in Monopoli the roman catacomb under the hospital of San Giovanni in Laterano and the prehistorical site of Masseria Vicentino in Grottaglie (Taranto).


Preface (Vittorio Sgarbi)

Premise (Massimo Limoncelli)

I. The rock-cut church of Lama DAntico: architecture and frescoes
I.1. The rock settlement of Lama dAntico at Fasano (Roberto Rotondo)
I.2. Digital surveying of the church: analysis of the architecture and description of the frescoes (Massimo Limoncelli)
I.3. The construction phases and architectural models of the church (Roberto Rotondo)

II. The methodology for the virtual restoration of pictorial surfaces (Massimo Limoncelli)

III. The Virtual Restaration of the frescoes (Maria Potenza)
III.1. Virtual restoration of the frescoes of the church
III.2. North wall
III.3. East wall
III.4. South wall
III.5. West wall
III.6. Partition wall

III. Afther the Virtual Restaration
III.1. A reinterpretation of the frescoes after the virtual restoration (Giuseppe Donvito)
III.2. The virtual reconstruction of the church (Massimo Limoncelli)

III. Virtual Restoration Experience
III.1. From virtual restoration to virtual museum (Massimo Limoncelli)
III.2. Lama dAntico Experience (Giovanni Di Vito)

The rock-cut churches of San Lorenzo and San Giovanni at Lama DAntico (Massimo Limoncelli)


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