Diverse Maniere_Making of the objects_Part II

Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess

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Helix Tripod

The Zbrush model being compared to the original etching.



This is an early rendering modelled in Zbrush. The finished tripod has been cast in bronze.

Screenshot taken at voxelstudios of a close-up. The image shows development of the interior creeper


The image shows surface details in the central spiral of the goat horns

A screen grab from a STL file created by voxelstudios

The resin prototype prepared by Materialise.

The bronze cast tripod being compared to it's orginal etching.

Piranesi's tripod during assembly (left). Final assembly of Piranesi's tripod (right)

Gold plated sections of Piranesi's tripod (detail)

The routed alabaster top to Piranesi's tripod.

The finished tripod



A rendering of the central section of the ornate coffeepot designed by Piranesi and included in “Diverse Maniere...”. This object clearly demonstrates Piranesi’s interest in the growth and development of natural form and his interest in applying this form to his philosophy of design.

The underlying geometry of Piranesi?s coffeepot while being modelled at voxelstudios, Madrid.

Designing the spout of the coffeepot, in the form of a bee, at voxelsudios, Madrid.


Progress of the 3D modelling at voxelstudios, Madrid


The coffeepot prototype in resin by Materialise, Belgium.


The finished nickel plated coffeepot before the final polishing

The nickel plated coffeepot

Made from the negative mold, below are the electrolysis and handmade silver positives





Antique Vase with three griffin heads



Factum Arte's Javier Barreno with the routed polystyrene vase in low resolution

An assembled section of the high resolution stereo-lithographically printed vase before moulding

Assembling the mould to cast the side of the vase

The vase being assembled

The four corners of Factum Arte's warehouse III in Madrid.

The vase with the first griffon

The vase with three griffons


A selection of elements for the chair during production


The shell-shaped back of the chair in an early stage











Factum Arte's Eva Maria­ Segovia carrying out gilding tests with gold leaf





Before the gold leaf is applied there needs to be a tri-coloured base for tone


The final gilded chair






Santa Maria del Priorato

Santa Maria del Priorato is the only architectural project realised by Piranesi. Factum Arte's team visited Santa Maria del Priorato in Rome to document the church's architecture and designs by Giambattista Piranesi. In addition to the realisation of the objects by Piranesi, a selection of these high resolution photographs will be shown during the exhibition. The images have been produced as multi layered pigment prints.








Virtual Carceri

Gregoire Dupond has created a virtual animation of the 16 etchings from the Carceri series. Working from the second state of each print, a complex 3D environment has been assembled creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the 'prisons of Piranesi's imagination'.

Above, the 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione series made by Gregoire Dupond at Factum Arte. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind.

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