The Mock-up of the "Ratto Delle Sabine" by Giambologna: Making and Utilization of a 3D Model


  • Grazia Tucci University of Florence
  • Alessandro Conti University of Florence
  • Lidia Fiorini University of Florence


Laser scanning, 3-D modelling, PDF3D, Cultural heritage, Mesh


Within a project for the knowledge and preservation of the mock-up of Giambologna's Ratto delle Sabine housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, the GeCO laboratory has made laser scanner acquisitions to create surface models at different resolutions for structural analysis, on which to check the coverage of the photographic campaign and to create a three-dimensional thematic mapping of data relating to investigations and restoration works. The PDF3D file format has been used to easily manage data on a platform immediately available to all operators.


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Author Biographies

Grazia Tucci, University of Florence

Associate Professor- Scientific Coordinator of GeCo Laboratory She works in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) in University of Florence, in Topography and Cartography field. She’s member of the University of Florence Scientific Board for International PhD Program. Her main research topic is focused on the use of Geomatics for the protection and enhancement of Cultural Heritage. She sets up and coordinates the GeCo Laboratory (Geomatics for Conservation & Communication of Cultural Heritage) and she contributes to multidisciplinary research projects and survey campaigns on both National and International levels, for Public Administration and Private Institutions. She has been scientific coordinator of several research projects and commissioned in the field of geomatics applied to Cultural Heritage documentation.

Alessandro Conti, University of Florence

Freelancer, he graduated in Architecture in 1993, he works as architect. He dealt with the conservation of Modern Movement architecture and was Adjunct professor of Materials deterioration and diagnostics and Pathology and deterioration of historical buildings (1999-2003). Now is collaborator with GeCo Lab, Dept. of Construction and Restoration, University of Florence.

Lidia Fiorini, University of Florence

Grant Researcher, she graduated in Architecture at University of Florence (1993) and works as an architect dealing with conservation. She collaborates on architectural and archaeological surveys and other activities held by Geomatics & Communication Lab (GeCo). For 2011- 2012 she's a fellowship recipient on the topic 3D survey and structural analyses, Optimization of an operating protocol.


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How to Cite

Tucci, G., Conti, A., & Fiorini, L. (2015). The Mock-up of the "Ratto Delle Sabine" by Giambologna: Making and Utilization of a 3D Model. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 2(2), 73–83. Retrieved from