The Virtual World Heritage Laboratory (VWHL), based in in the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, in collaboration with partners at the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Florence is digitizing in 3D digitization the complete collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, and Boboli Gardens on behalf of the Gallerie degli Uffizi. This is the third largest collection of its kind in an Italian state museum. Largely assembled by the Medici from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the statues include works of exceptional interest to students of Greek and Roman art, notably the Medici Venus, the Medici Faun, the Niobids, and the Ariadne. The contract was signed by the parties on May 19, 2016 and work commenced on May 23, 2016.


Bernard Frischer, Project Co-director bernard.d.frischer AT gmail.com

Fabrizio Paolucci, Project Co-director

Sponsoring Institutions

The Uffizi Gallery

Indiana University - Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee include:

Cristiana Barandoni, Consultant
Elizabeth Bartman, Archaeological Institute of America
Bernie Frischer, Dept. of Informatics, Indiana University, co-chair
Gabriele Guidi, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano
Paolo Liverani, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Fabrizio Paolucci, Gallerie degli Uffizi, co-chair
Julie Van Voorhis, Dept. of Art History, Indiana University
Eric Varner, Dept. of Art History, Emory University

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The following students and scholars have contributed to the project:

Sabrina Amaducci, University of Florence
Gemma Bechini, University of Florence
Matthew R. Brennan, Indiana University
Sae Buseki, Tohoku University
Leif Christiansen, Indiana University
Justine Galambus, Indiana University
Martin Horne, Indiana University
Hannah Jenness, Indiana University
Whitney Johnson, Indiana University
Arianna Lobrina, University of Florence
Kelly McClinton, Indiana University
Umair Shafqat Malik, Politecnico di Milano
Nicholas Plank, Indiana University
Julia Puglisi, Indiana University and Harvard University
Vanessa Tritone, Politecnico di Milano
Laura Loredana Micoli, Politecnico di Milano