This Tuesday: VCS presents “Nadja Aksamija: The Art of the Facsimile”

This Tuesday, November 13th, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present “Nadja Aksamija: The Art of the Facsimile,” the latest entry in SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series for the fall 2102 semester. Here is a description of the lecture from the SVA website’s event listing:

Advancements in digital technology have had a great impact on the quality of facsimiles of historic works of art and architecture that can be successfully produced today for purposes of virtual conservation, digital restoration and museum display. When cutting-edge technology is combined with traditional artistic skills, extraordinary results can be obtained that virtually erase the line between the original and its facsimile, creating a completely new paradigm regarding the authenticity of the viewing experience. This talk considers two case studies involving Renaissance originals and their facsimiles: the reconstruction of the Loggetta in Venice’s Piazza San Marco after the collapse of the bell tower in 1902, and the facsimile reproduction of the monumental fresco map of the city of Bologna, located at the Vatican’s inaccessible Sala Bologna [shown above; click to zoom].

Nadja Aksamija is Associate Professor of Art History at Wesleyan University and a principal researcher on the Sala Bologna project.

The following links provide more information on the sites that Aksamija will discuss during her lecture:

“Nadja Aksamija: The Art of the Facsimile” will take place at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, November 13th in the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in New York City. The lecture is free and open to the public.

[Photo courtesy of Factum Arte]

Visual & Critical Studies