Earlier this year, highly acclaimed harpist Margaret Köll approached Factum Arte to create a 1:1 working facsimile of the Barberini Harp as it was when it was first made. The Barberini Harp dates back to the 17th century and is considered one of the greatest musical instruments from the Baroque era.
This is a collaboration between Margaret Köll, Factum Arte, and Eric Kleinmann, a harp-making specialist who will make the harp as a functional instrument.
Original Barberini Harp, ready to be recorded with photogrammetry
The Barberini Harp was recorded using mid and close-range photogrammetry at the highest resolution, and was carried out at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali in Rome on the 13th June 2016 by Factum Arte´s Manuel Franquelo and Voula Paraskevi, and by Guendalina Damone, manager of Factum Foundation´s Lucida Lab in Milan.
The aim was to take as many images of the harp from all angles and with a 90% overlap, which would then be processed and translated through software to create an accurate 3D model of the harp.
Manuel Franquelo recording the Barberini Harp using short and mid-range photogrammetry
Gold always presents problems for photographic recording, and so the instrument was recorded using cross-polarised filters.
The data has now been post processed and Factum Arte will soon be physically reproducing the decorative elements that, after the gilding and processing by Factum's team expertise, will ensure the accuracy of the facsimile of this unique baroque instrument.
Screenshot of the 3D render of the Barberini Harp prior to Zbrush