Talk 23rd September 2019


Adam Lowe of Factum Foundation: Digital Technology and Art History

Monday 23 September 2019 – doors open 6pm, lecture starts 6.30pm

Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, and exhibition designer Charlotte Skene Catling, in conversation with Jonathan Jones (art writer for The Guardian) about how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended.

This talk coincides with the exhibition Madame de Pompadour in the Frame at Waddesdon (23 May to 27 October 2019). François Boucher’s famous portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1756) is today one of the most prized paintings on display at the Alte Pinakothek* in Munich, yet this monumental portrait was once owned by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Factum Foundation who are specialists in high-resolution digital scanning technology, and with the support of the Alte Pinakothek, this masterpiece is being displayed as Baron Ferdinand would have known it in the 19th century. In a marriage of traditional conservation and restoration techniques with the most advanced 3D digital reproduction technology, the exhibition places a facsimile of the portrait back in Baron Ferdinand’s frame, which has been conserved especially for the display.

In this talk, Adam Lowe will describe the processes and possibilities of digital recording and reproduction, and consider the relationship between originality and authenticity as well as issues relating to data ownership and sharing.

Tickets £15 (including booking fee, a glass of wine and an opportunity to see the State Rooms).

*(on permanent loan from the HypoVereinsbank, Member of UniCredit).

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