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Reconstruction of ancient wall paintings: digital painting and three-dimensional restoration of the House of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum

Abstract : One of the aims of the ANR VESUVIA programme (Vivre Ensemble : Société et Urbanisme d’une Ville de l’Italie Antique) is to reconstruct the various phases of the architecture and the ornatus of houses in Herculaneum. The project also aims to disseminate some of its methodology and results by creating a three-dimensional reconstruction of the House of Neptune and Amphitrite at Herculaneum (V, 6-7). To this end, visuals of the decorative schemes of several rooms of the house were created using computer graphics and subsequently incorporated into the 3D model of the house. The digital restoration of the painted walls used a particularly innovative methodology based on the research carried out by the Retro-Color3D programme supported by Archeovision. The objective of the Retro-Color 3D research programme was to develop a methodology that makes it possible to restore the original colours of archeological objects such as painted sculptures or wall paintings by incorporating the effects of texture and irregularities intrinsic to the craft. The triclinium (room 7) of the House of Neptune and Amphitrite presents a case study of this method. The successful digital reconstruction of the paintings was dependent on the ability to define the colours and their relationship to each other as accurately as possible (using colometric measurements) and to find a way of reproducing them. The overall results of this research are presented here.
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A Dardenay, Maud Mulliez, P Mora. Reconstruction of ancient wall paintings: digital painting and three-dimensional restoration of the House of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum. Virtual Retrospect 2017, Maud Mulliez; Caroline Delevoie, Nov 2017, Pessac, France. pp.67-77. ⟨hal-03151942⟩

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