The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will produce exact 3D copies of two 16th-century sculptures. They will be exhibited in a French chateau, where the originals have long been located. The story is told by Le Monde.
Both sculptures are variations on the biblical scenes of the burial and mourning of Christ. Its author is unknown. They have been kept in the museum since 1908; before that, they had been decorating the chapel of the Château de Biron in the Dordogne department of southwestern France for nearly 400 years.
“The large-scale fortress built on a strategic cape consists of buildings from different eras. There is also a dungeon dating from the 12th century,” the newspaper writes, noting that the project to create three-dimensional copies will be implemented in conjunction with the Dordogne authorities.
In the 1950s, together with representatives of the castle, they negotiated with the museum for four years, trying to return the statues. However, no positive decision was reached. The sculptures will not be moved or put at risk of damage.
“When creating a digital print, we can use methods that won’t have any effect on the surface,” Perigord said. She is responsible for the production of duplicates.
Previously, Dr. Martens showed a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The capsule is inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji series. We talk about it in more detail here.