During July of 2017 a joint team from the University of Southern California (USC), The Cyprus Institute (CyI) with the participation of the University of Illinois (UIUC) applied a range of imaging techniques to document the unique interiors of the Troodos Painted Churches, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
ICACH as part of the STARLAB project applied innovative imaging techniques on selected finds such as an alabaster vessel and cuneiforms from Pyla-kokkinokremos for the analytical documentation and analysis of inscriptions and texture colourants. You may find more about it at the permalink here.
During the month of April, ICACH / STARC / The Cyprus Institute has been called to digitise Cypriot folk dresses currently exhibited at the Folk Museum of Limassol.
The project is part of the History and Culture of Cypriot Dress project led by professor Rizopoulou Egoumenidou and is part of the Dioptra Digital library that host and supports a technological framework for the dissemination of various themes in Cultural Heritage.
View an example at ICACH guest repository, click here.
STARC has contributed 3D models and 3D reconstructions such as the Hellenistic-roman theatre of Paphos and various statues from Cyprusthese models are to be map projected on the walls of the municipality of Paphos where the opening ceremony will take place and will be shown during the “Pygmalion’s Dream” part of the play.
STARC and CyI participation in the conference has attracted over 110 speakers from around the world:
CyI Board of Trustees member Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou is offering the conference’s keynote speaker. Prof. Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou is presenting a paper. Nikolas Bakirtzis is Chair of the Scientific and Organizing Committee and is also presenting. Svetlana Gasanova, Christina Roditou, Despina Papacharalambous and Polina Christophi are also presenting papers while Sorin Hermon, Dante Abate, Marina Faka, Valentina Vassalo, Avgoustinos Avgousti, Ropertos Georgiou, Andriana Nikolaidou are participating with poster presentations.
OpenNumisma: A Software Platform For Managing Digital Heritage Numismatic Collections With a Particular Focus on Reflectance Transformation Imaging.
The proposed poster presents digital heritage research related to OpenNumisma; an open source web-based platform focused on digital heritage numismatic collections. The project provides an innovative merge of digital imaging and data management systems that offer great new opportunities for research and the dissemination of knowledge. A key feature of this platform is the application of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a computational photographic method that offers tremendous image analysis possibilities for numismatic research. OpenNumisma data can produce Linked Data; the RDF produces a SPARQL endpoint using PHP,ARC2 libraries and is based on CIDOC-CRM Conceptual Reference Model ontology of exchange heterogeneous cultural heritage information.
The visualization lab can develop into a Research Cluster dedicated that can actively promote a unique, inter-disciplinary culture that investigates the sustainable development of contemporary cities and the holistic study of the history of cities in the Mediterranean basin via the use of advanced imaging technologies and is expected to attract EU funding in this field.
At the BOCCF the team made PTMs of a wide variety of coins, an oil lamp, a bronze mirror, a stone statue, a medieval ceramic bowl and other minor arts objects. The results were uniformly excellent, indicating that the technology offers substantial improvements in the types of data available to scholars for research on each of these artefact classes.
Collaboration with the Department of Antiquities
Team: Marilyn Lundberg (USC), Ken Zuckerman (USC), Ropertos Georgiou (CyI/ICACH), Nikolas Bakirtzis (CyI/ICACH)
The project’s goal was two-fold: first, to apply RTI imaging technology in the photography of a range of wall paintings, and second, to use successful results in the thorough historical study of the complicated medieval monument. Read more →
Mapping the Spatial Experience of Heritage in Divided Historic Cities
Historical inquiries and monuments of cultural heritage from the historic city of Nicosia will be explored via digital reconstructions and navigations of virtual territories. This method will help users to understand the remaining traces of each monument’s building phases in their urban context, a process of unfolding the palimpsest of the city’s history. Read more →
theme: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for Byzantine and Medieval Art
Nikolas Bakirtzis, Ropertos Georgiou
The Cyprus Institute
Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center
This seminar presentation will focus on the development of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to address problems and challenges in the documentation and study of Byzantine and Medieval Art in the Eastern Mediterranean. Read more →
2014 marks the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death in Toledo, Spain. To commemorate the event the Historic Museum of Crete and the Benaki Museum in Athens are presenting an important exhibition called “Domenikos Theotokopoulos between Venice and Rome” to be held from 21 June to 25 October 2014 at the museum in Heraklion and then at the Benaki Museum in Athens until the end of the year.
The FP7 infrastructure project Linking Scientific Computing in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (LinkSCEEM), coordinated by The Cyprus Institute, and STARC jointly organized a workshop on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Cultural Heritage research. The workshop was held at the premises of The Cyprus Institute in Nicosia on 3-5 June 2014.
RTI documentation of the coin collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.
A collaborative on-going project concerns the gradual RTI documentation of all coins in the BOCCF collection. Results will facilitate the numismatic study of the most complete collection of Cypriot coinage as well as support issues of conservation. Furthermore, RTI images will be utilized in the museological context of the BOCCF and will be centrally featured in CyI’s Cyprus Culture Digital Library in a comprehensive exhibition and database of Cypriot Coinage.
The CyI Imaging Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ICACH) applied Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) photography on three celebrated paintings from the early career of Cretan artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco during his illustrious career in Spain.
Results have offered new, detailed evidence and valuable observations on El Greco’s work, technique and style during a transformative period for the Cretan artist. This project opportunity has underlined CyI’s expert contribution in the cross-disciplinary analysis of artistic heritage; as a result, ICACH will document other works by the artist in Athens and Crete and to participate in exhibitions and symposia organized in 2014, designated as El Greco Year.
A special presentation (March 28) was also organized at the 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities/ Greek Ministry of Culture with the participation of archaeologists and a representative of the Syros Bishopric, owner of El Greco’s Dormition of the Virgin ( dated 1565-66).
Following the RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) documentation of three paintings by the famous Cretan artist Domenikos Theotocopoulos known as El Greco in Nicosia (January 2013) STARC’s Nikolas Bakirtzis and Ropertos Georgiou were invited to present the results in Athens.
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus and the Ecclesiastical Board of Panagia Phaneromeni Church, Nicosia, co-organize on Saturday 1 December 2012 a conference entitled “The Church of Our Lady Phaneromeni in the recent history of Cyprus”. The conference will take place in the premises of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, in Phaneromeni, the old city of Nicosia.