Applied Geomatics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 385–398 | Cite as

Orientation of archive images on 3D digital models of painted vaults: an interesting tool for restorers

  • M. G. Bevilacqua
  • G. CarotiEmail author
  • I. Martínez-Espejo Zaragoza
  • A. Piemonte
Original Paper


Over the last years, the area of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage has benefited from new surveying methodologies. In particular, laser scanners and the latest evolutions in digital photogrammetry and processing software based on structure from motion and multi-view stereo algorithms allowed to achieve 3D models of the status quo whose features include precision suitable for restoration scales and high-quality textures. Besides methodological and technical issues, another key requirement for any intervention on this kind of buildings is their full, in-depth knowledge, which includes building design, modifications’ timeline, current conditions, present-day and historical causes of degradation etc. In this view, surveys are a valuable asset for the investigation of historical sources. The present work investigates historical photographic sources, focusing on the possibility of orientation by means of photogrammetry techniques, which provides an additional texture layer as a support tool for historical analysis. The paper displays a case study featuring the availability of a reference survey, which allows validation of the results, and two other cases highlighting the importance of this kind of documents to restoring teams.


Architectural survey Laser scanning Structure from motion Restoration 



Thanks are due to Andrea Bedini and Jessica Micheloni (A.S.T.R.O. Laboratory – DICI – Pisa University) for technical support in the surveying phase.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DESTECUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.DICI, University of PisaPisaItaly

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