This video presents views of a 3D digital model of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BCE). The lost original statue was erected in Athens. We have many Roman copies of the head and also several headless torsos. This model was based on scans of: (1) a bust from Herculaneum in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples; and (2) the torso in the National Archaeological Museum of Florence.
To produce the reconstruction, we had to: (1) scale and connect the head to the torso; (2) digitally repair all the damage on the torso (main items: volutes, protomes, and clawfeet of the throne; missing right arm); (3) restore the color to the eyes; and (4) give the surface a uniform bronze-like appearance. For more about the statue and its reconstruction, see:
Twelve different variants of the restoration have been made and will be published on The Digital Sculpture website (digitalsculpture.org). They represent a 2x2x3 matrix of possible features of the lost original, which may have had the right arm up or extended out; may have left the bronze in its natural, light state or patinated it with black sulfide; and may have shown Epicurus' throne in bronze, marble, or gilt marble.
For more information, please contact the project director, Prof. Bernard Frischer at: email@example.com.