Cortile del Belvedere    

Arts and history solidified in architectural compositions


This project has been exhibited in the Biblioteca Herziana for the Conference of Drawing and Digitalization of the World Heritage.

Taking the 3D scan data and hand-drawn in a historical accuracy, this reconstruction project is a collaboration among 3D laser-scanned data, Rhino modeling, hand-drawing and watercolor rendering. Given an artistic touch and appreciation of the dynamic nature of architectural representation, a complex structure such as the Cortile del Belvedere shines along with both digital and traditional media. The selective process of hand drawing also provides a way of exploring architectural composition, especially those of a high complexity and a long history, as a self-expressive piece of art.



Exploring art of composition through 3D and drawing

  The Rhino model was based on resulting scan data, integrating drawings of Letarouilly’s book: The Vatican and Saint Peter’s Basilica of Rome, and textual sources collected during Fall 2017 DHARMA team work. The exported scan image is then superposed on a Rhino model after Letarouilly’s measurement to serve as a graphic base for hand rendering. The hand drawings of lines and watercolor on the next page show a drawing process of reproducing the architecture of the whole Cortile in six critical historical phases.  


3D scan overlaying the Rhino base model (upper left), selected details of six critical building stages of the cortile (lower left), and examples of compositional details (right) (credit: DHARMA)