Digital Technologies for the Fruition of Archaeological Heritage. The Visualisation of the Temple C Metopes Polychrome in Selinunte

  • Vincenza GarofaloEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 919)


Through the tools of the representation this paper investigates a hypothetical virtual re-presentation of the metopes original polychromies. The reconstructive interpretative process was carried out through a critical reading of historical and iconographic sources. Starting from the reading of drawings made by Angell and Harris at the time of the archaeological finds, of Hittorff’s studies and watercolors, and of some coloured fragments still observable in the original metopes, the graphic elaborations that simulate the original polychromes have been prepared.

The purpose of this study and of the analysis here described is the experimentation of an interactive visualisation application (augmented reality) designed for the “Antonino Salinas” Regional Archaeological Museum of Palermo. The study is part of the repertoire of virtual reconstructions, through the use of light, of lost colour configurations. The project aims to propose a new modality for the use of archaeological finds, thanks to an inedited teaching and immersive experience of the metopes and to the experimentation of a new visual environment that overlaps the real one leading to rethink the relationship between reality and its representation.


Augmented reality SfM survey 3D model Video mapping 



Survey and video mapping experiment presented in this essay are part of the graduation thesis L’immagine del Passato. Progetto di Video Mapping per le Metope del Tempio C di Selinunte, Supervisor Prof. Vincenza Garofalo, graduation student Giorgia Biancorosso, University of Palermo, Academic Year 2015–2016. (NB this specification is very important and for a mistake it was not introduced in the paper). The author wishes to thank Dr. Francesca Spatafora, Director of the Salinas Museum, for having given permission to survey the metopes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture (DARCH)Università degli Studi di PalermoPalermoItaly

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