Forging Mona Lisa’s Smile: Creating Perfect Replicas of Classic Art

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The employees at Factum Arte are world-class art forgers. But this Madrid-based company is no criminal enterprise. Each piece they create is intended to preserve and protect our cultural heritage.

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The company has even developed advanced technologies to scan, document and recreate a vast array of objects. From priceless Renaissance paintings to a life-size replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb, founder Adam Lowe says that creating these facsimiles is one of the best ways to protect the originals.

The new kind of high-fidelity 3D reproduction being pioneered by Factum Arte is going to abolish the difference between past and present and make distance no obstacle to seeing any masterpiece.

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We are entering an age when museums can – this is no hyperbole – have their own perfect replicas of the Sistine Chapel, Titian’s Assumption in the Frari church from Venice, or Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi from Mantua.

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