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Dealing with Absence

New Research and Visualisation Perspectives of a Forgotten Open-Air Museum of Renaissance Rome

Arianna Farina    Quasar Institute for Advanced Design, Roma; Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli    



The city is a set of arbitrary visual experiences dispersed in time that must necessarily be integrated. In studying the absences, Bruno Toscano writes that “the city would appear to us in a less verisimilar facies if we resigned ourselves to consider it forever amputated of the missing parts just because they are missing”. The comparison with an evanescent patrimony such as the painted facades in Renaissance Rome imposes a methodological reflection on various fields of application. The loss could instead open up research perspectives and propose new ways of restoring the memory of the genre. The ambition is to make usable again an aspect of Renaissance Rome in its sedimentation and specificity as an object of vision and reconstruction and as a specific field of Digital Humanities.

Subtags: Works of Art Technology Visualisation Communication Participation Image data Monuments Society Preservation

June 30, 2022
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Keywords: Digital HumanitiesHistory of artUrban environmentVirtual heritageItalian Renaissance

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