La reconstitution de la colonne des danseuses de Delphes

Abstract : Located on Apollo’s sanctuary in Delphi, the column of the dancers was discovered in 1894 by archaeologists of École française d’Athènes dismantled into 260 fragments. It stands as the tallest votive column of classical Greece – 14 meters – and the first to display a capital with acanthus leaves. But its division induced interpretation difficulties: since 1993, J.-L Martinez studies the hypothesis formulated by P. Amandry, a column topped by an omphalos, white stone held as the word’s navel. To support his search, a team of computer scientists from EDF and INRIA, ENST, MENSI, and artists from IIM have designed a methodology to heighten the monument in three dimensions and check the archaeological hypothesis. The 34 fragments to be joined were virtually moved to their original places thanks to software dedicated to the processing of hundreds of millions of laser point cloud. The data were then meshed and rendered with shadows to display the geometric details to be published. The column was then virtually integrated into the Delphic scenery. This project was conducted under the patronage of EDF Foundation, for École française d’Athènes, with the help of the Louvre Museum.
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Guillaume Thibault, Jean-Luc Martinez. La reconstitution de la colonne des danseuses de Delphes. Virtual Retrospect 2007, Robert Vergnieux, Nov 2007, Pessac, France. pp.231-238. ⟨hal-01774309⟩

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