ICACH elaborated multispectral methods using technical photography in order to reveal possible hidden watermarks and to identify the variability and the elemental composition of different inks used by the dragoman Hadjigiorgakis Kornesios at late 19th century Cyprus during the Ottoman rule.
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.
The cathedral church of Saint John the Theologian in the heart of Nicosia is the subject of a cross-disciplinary research project engaging students and researchers from STARC, the Historical Muse-um of Crete and the University of Catania in Italy with the collaboration of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus and the support of the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Arch-bishopric. Building on and enhancing the doctoral research of CyI PhD Candidate Despina Papa-charalambous supervised by Assoc. Professor Nikolas Bakirtzis, this research project aims at under-standing the history of the monument in conjunction with the iconography of its impressive 18th century decorative program.
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.
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ICACH has been invited to conduct an imaging project at the Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion coordinated by Prof. Rizopoulou Egoumenidou.
The objectives of the project was to use multispectral and computational photography to four portraits situated at the konaki in order to digitally document and aid conservation at the Department of Antiquities. In addition computational photography and UV imaging has been used on “The lady of the clock” and
a wallpainting situated in the apse in order to reveal the technique used by the artist and aid in historical research analysis.
The following technologies have been used:
- Multi-spectral photography (Ultraviolet. Infrared, Transmitted and high-res RGB calibrated photography)
- Reflectance Transformation Imaging
STARC has contributed 3D models and 3D reconstructions such as the Hellenistic-roman theatre of Paphos and various statues from Cyprus these 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.
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.
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Team: Marilyn Lundberg (USC), Ken Zuckerman (USC), Ropertos Georgiou (CyI/ICACH), Nikolas Bakirtzis (CyI/ICACH)
The first pilot projects for the imaging center were organized with two major cultural institutions in Nicosia: The BOCCF and the Leventis Municipal Museum.
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.
Cultural heritage research and practice is increasingly aided by, and dependent on, digital media.
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Cultural heritage research and practice is increasingly aided by, and dependent on, digital media. In the last decade, digital media technologies have begun to improve the documentation, management, understanding and communication of cultural heritage. The Cyprus Institute is spearheading, through its two centres CaSToRC and STARC, developments in digital imaging applications for national and regional research in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. These efforts invest on the rich cultural landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean and the research initiatives of the European Union that have recognized the need for the development of digital libraries that will function as a user-friendly access points for cultural heritage.
The first pilot project for the new CyI Imaging Center followed the installation of the three camera systems at the Cyprus Institute in February, 2012. The installation was overseen by Marilyn Lundberg and Ken Zuckerman of the West Semitic Research Project (WSRP) at USC. WSRP was responsible for the construction of the PTM dome and the 360-degree camera system.
Large format photography calls for a particularly high level of technical and creative skills. It requires are in depth expert knowledge in order to exploit the possibilities to the full extent.
project funded by EU – LinkSceem-2 – The Cyprus Institute
Team: Marilyn Lundberg (USC), Ken Zuckerman (USC), Ropertos Georgiou (CyI), Nikolas Bakirtzis (CyI).
The first pilot projects for the imaging center were organized with two major cultural institutions in Nicosia: The BOCCF and the Leventis Municipal Museum. Team members tested all available imaging systems on a wide range of materials and objects from the collections of our collaborators that included coins, medieval ceramics, jewelry, minor arts, icons, paintings, wood carving etc. These efforts provided great opportunities for the testing and optimization of imaging systems. At the same time, they revealed the potential of RTI technology to museum curators and archaeologists thus preparing the ground for more thematically focused research initiatives.